By Richard Clarke

William Gallas felt Arsenal were going to have a successful season BEFORE they beat Manchester United at Old Trafford. 

The classy French defender joined Arsène Wenger's side on transfer deadline day and scored his first goal for his new club in the 3-0 win over Sheffield United on Saturday.

That was Arsenal's third successive victory and lifted them to upper echelons of the Premiership table. It is a far cry from 10 days ago when they were fourth from bottom and about to travel to the leaders.

"When I joined the Club I said to my girlfriend that we were going to do something good this season," Gallas commented after Saturday's game. "And before the Manchester United game I told her we were going to win. I told some others and they laughed, but I see what the team is like every day in training.

"When I went in for the first day I was very surprised at how fast they played. It was all very quick, top quality. Now I can say we have the opportunity to be champions and I came here to be a champion." 

That ambition moved a step closer on Saturday after Arsenal completed their first Premiership victory at Emirates Stadium after drawing their opening two matches.

Gallas' volley was special enough in itself but it was important to the 29-year-old defender for a couple of other reasons.

"My parents were there watching the game," he said. "Every time they come to see me I seem to score. I should get them a season ticket I suppose, but they don't come here often because they live so far away [in Guadalupe].

"It was an important goal aswell because it was the first time the team had actually taken the lead in the new stadium. The players were getting a little frustrated at not being able to score and, at the end of the first half, I felt we were not really patient but the manager told us to calm down.

"I feel we play the best football in England right now but it is always more important to win."

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Richard Clarke 25 Sep 2006