By Giuseppe Muro
The pressure of a return to Emirates Stadium will not negatively influence William Gallas’ performance tomorrow and neither will the reception he receives from Arsenal fans, according to Arsène Wenger.
The former Gunners captain is set to line up for local rivals Tottenham Hotspur after making the switch across north London in the summer and, despite Wenger stressing he did no wrong in leaving, Gallas is expected to get a mixed reaction from supporters.
But the manager believes the experienced Gallas won’t worry about anything but producing a good performance for his new employees and helping them win at Arsenal for the first time in 17 years.
“He has massive experience and it will not bother him,” said Wenger. “He will be focused to play well.
“The pressure is on both teams tomorrow. You have to accept that and I feel that at the Emirates, people will be correct.
“We did not always find the agreement early on in the season. We didn't find an agreement, I looked somewhere else and that's what happened.
“There was no major deep disagreement. I didn't expect him to join Tottenham because I didn't know - I thought Tottenham had many centre backs already.
“There was a lot of talk that he would go to Italy, then it didn't happen. I think Tottenham felt that they were short because they had bad injuries.”Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 19 Nov 2010