By Chris Harris

Gael Clichy believes William Gallas answered his critics with a powerful performance against FC Twente on Wednesday night. 

The Arsenal captain came under fire after the defensive error which led to Fulham's winning goal at Craven Cottage on Saturday. Gallas responded with a rock-solid display against Twente and grabbed his second goal of the qualifying tie as Arsenal cruised into the Group Stage of the Champions League.

Clichy can empathise with Gallas after his own high-profile error at Birmingham in February led to two dropped points at a vital stage of the title race. After Wednesday's win Clichy backed his fellow Frenchman to the hilt. 

"I think he showed he is a great player," said Clichy. "Everyone has a bad time. Last year against Birmingham, I had a big mistake, that was my thing.

"Of course, William is a big player, a more experienced player and he is the captain so you have to look for someone to blame. Unfortunately it is him but I don’t think the players think that is right.

"We don’t blame him for everything, everyone makes mistakes. I made a mistake like I told you and I think William is a great player and on Wednesday night he scored again. Everyone is behind him and it will remain like this."

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29 Aug 2008