By Richard Clarke

William Gallas rejected claims of complacency after Arsenal’s surprise 2-1 defeat to Hull City at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

The home side took the lead early in the second half through Paul McShane’s own goal however, soon after, they were rocked by strikes from Geovanni and Daniel Cousin inside four minutes.

Arsenal had gone into the game top of the Premier League and their youngsters had beaten Sheffield United 6-0 just a few days earlier. Despite that, the captain argues his side did not take their eye off the ball on Saturday.

“I don't think so,” Gallas told Arsenal TV Online. “And I hope not because if we think like this we will not go anywhere.

“The players were ready to play a strong game. We were not lucky but we have to work more and try to stay in the fourth position.”

TV Online subscribers can see more of this interview now. In it Gallas also talks about:

  • difficulty with accepting defeat
  • the character shown by Hull
  • the need to forget the result
  • the feeling of losing at home
  • working harder
  • getting back to the top of the league

Subscribers can now watch this exclusive interview by clicking the black panel opposite.

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