By Chris Harris

Gael Clichy has revealed the instigator of the 'huddle' which has become a regular footnote to Arsenal's fixtures this season.

Instead of leaving the pitch immediately after the final whistle, Arsenal's players congregate in the centre circle for a post-match show of unity. According to Clichy, the ritual was encouraged by William Gallas.

"It's William," Clichy told Arsenal TV Online. "He is a great leader and a great captain and he made the decision to do something like this. We started last year and this year it is more noticeable because we are winning."

"As a captain he reminds me a bit like Patrick Vieira, he's an older player with experience, a great player, and he knows how to talk to each player.

"He knows whether to be nice to you or boss you a bit in the game and that's the best way to lead the team. With his performances too, everyone can see what a great captain he is."

Subscribers can now see part two of our interview with Gael on Arsenal TV Online. He discusses:

  • establishing himself over the past year
  • how he has improved
  • being young yet experienced
  • the role of left backs at different clubs
  • that elusive first Arsenal goal
  • Arsenal's defensive improvement
  • the origin of the first-team 'huddle'
  • the qualities of William Gallas
  • those gloomy pre-season predictions

Part one of our interview with Gael is still available. If you don't subscribe to TV Online, click on the red button on the gold Arsenal TV Online panel.

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Chris Harris 22 Nov 2007