Wenger puts faith in Gallas

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger firmly believes captain William Gallas remains as "motivated" as ever to lead his young Gunners.

Although the veteran defender could well be disciplined after being pictured with a cigarette as he left a nightclub - something Wenger branded "unacceptable" - Gallas continues to have the full support of his manager.

"William has learned a lot. He has taken a lot of criticism, of course, but I think he took it in a positive way," said the Arsenal boss.

"He has learned a lot and he himself has come out and said, 'I made a mistake last year and I will change and re-address my attitude'."

Wenger added: "I believe he has got a lot of unfair critics and therefore I believe the fact that he could take it and he is still as motivated.

"What you can never fault with William is the motivation.

"He wants to do well, he wants his team to win and he has made a mistake - who didn't? Even great captains, we all make mistakes."

Nevertheless, Wenger made it clear if the reports of smoking are eventually substantiated, he will take stern action.

"I didn't see the picture. I have been informed, but I don't like that," he continued. "I will check that with him. He has a responsibility as captain of Arsenal Football Club. That cannot be accepted.

"It is a public job with a public responsibility and therefore it is exactly the same for everybody."

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