By Richard Clarke

Emmanuel Adebayor has praised the captain’s role played by William Gallas at Dynamo Kyiv on Wednesday night.

The Frenchman scrambled home a crucial equaliser two minutes from time to give Arsenal a deserved point in the Ukraine on the opening night of Group G.

It is not the first time the 31-year-old has secured an important late strike in Europe this season. Coupled with a defensive record of two goals conceded in seven games, Gallas appears to be a major influence on Arsenal right now.

“At the moment he is playing well and is scoring some goals as well,” said Adebayor after the game. “It is very good for us. He is one of the oldest players in the side and he brings a lot of experience. We all listen to him and we all do whatever he says. He has won a lot of things in his career and he is sharing this with the young players in the squad.

“Tonight was the type of moment when we needed an experienced player like William Gallas. He has the character and personality. He knows how to handle the big games and got the goal at the end. That was good for the team.”

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18 Sep 2008