Gallas: Brum strop didn't cost us title challenge

April 26, 2008

Arsenal captain William Gallas has insisted his erratic behaviour earlier this season did not destabilise the Gunners' Premier League title challenge.

The France defender appeared to lose his cool during the closing stages of the Londoners' 2-2 draw at Birmingham on February 23 when a last-gasp penalty denied his team a vital win.

His furious response to the spot-kick award led some to question his suitability as skipper, and the St Andrews stalemate kicked off a run of five league games without a win which effectively any hopes of the title heading to Emirates Stadium.

But Gallas has defended his actions, telling the Daily Mail: 'They [the media] can say what they want - they will not bring me down, I'm stronger than that.

'It makes me mad because I don't think (what happened in Birmingham) was our problem.

'How can you summarise our season with that thing at Birmingham? That is not why we stopped winning matches.'