By Richard Clarke in Amsterdam
Arsène Wenger feels William Gallas fully deserves to retain the Arsenal captaincy this season.
The 30-year-old was handed the armband 12 months ago after Thierry Henry left the Club and, overall, is thought to have done a decent job. His manager admits Gallas "made some mistakes" but his experience, position and analytical football brain still make the former Chelsea defender the best option to lead the team.
"William will be captain again," said Wenger ahead of the Amsterdam Tournament. "Kolo Toure will be his assistant.
"He got a lot of criticism after what happened at Birmingham last season but until then everybody said he was a fantastic captain.
"He acknowledges that he made some mistakes and he has learned from it. Remember William was not the most gifted player when he was a young boy. He is where he is because he has a good evaluation of his own performance. That is what makes the big players. If you speak to a big player after a game they can always assess what they have done right and wrong. Therefore he has analysed himself what happened last season.
"But William is an important player in the team, plays in a position where it is easier to be captain and as well some players who could be captain are still young.
"He deserves another go to show his commitment and then we will see where we stand at the end of the season."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 8 Aug 2008