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Dixon stunner: Arsenal boss Wenger feared for Gallas over captaincy axe

Former Arsenal fullback Lee Dixon has sensationally lifted the lid on why Arsene Wenger stood by William Gallas' captaincy at the start of this season.

Dixon, a member of Wenger's 1998 Double winners, told the Daily Star Sunday: "It was an awkward subject to approach but I pulled aside Arsene at the training ground because I wanted him to tell me about the captaincy.

"I thought there might have been a change and had been critical of Gallas as a captain and leader.

"Basically, Arsene said that Gallas is a great defender - but is also one of those players that: 'If I had taken the captaincy from him, I might have lost him as it could have affected him'.

"I said the flip side to that is then he surely isn't the right man for the job - if he is going to sulk or not do his job on the pitch just because you take something away.

"But Arsene said the position of the club at that particular time - at the start of the season - meant there wasn't any ­natural person to take over.

"And that's why they were going with Gallas and had to get on with it."

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