Arsene Wenger blames William Gallas, Mikael Silvestre and Emmanuel Adebayor for Spurs fiasco
Published 00:00 31/10/08 By By Martin Lipton Chief Football Writer
William Gallas has ruled himself out of Arsenal's match at Stoke tomorrow after a furious row with Arsene Wenger.
The Gunners skipper was one of the players singled out by boss Wenger - along with Mikael Silvestre and Emmanuel Adebayor - for criticism during a paintblistering dressing room inquest that followed Wednesday's 4-4 draw against Tottenham.
Gallas (right) now claims he is suffering from a hamstring injury even though he showed little sign of the problem during the dramatic match which saw Spurs score two last-gasp goals.
But an "angry and disappointed" Wenger was already preparing to wield the axe after turning his fire on Gallas, Silvestre and Adebayor.
He was disgusted at his side's late collapse and the bitter exchanges stunned a dressing room already in a state of shock.
Wenger is set to reshape his defence for the trip to Stoke, fearing his side may not have the courage to cope with the expected physical bombardment by Tony Pulis's team.
Gallas, who had been set to be replaced by Kolo Toure, made Wenger's decision for him when he declared himself unfit.
Silvestre is also facing the axe as Wenger prepares to recall Johan Djourou, while Bacary Sagna is only likely to be saved by Emmanuel Eboue's knee problem.
One insider said: "There was a lot of shouting and recriminations in there.
Arsene was very angry."
Gael Clichy was almost inconsolable, blaming himself for Jermaine Jenas's third for Spurs and there was some genuine concern over his psychological state, although Wenger remains a huge fan of the French left-back.
Adebayor admitted: "There was a lot of disappointment. We feel very sorry for ourselves - I still can't understand how it ended a draw."
Find out what our resident Premier League fan bloggers think - and let them know your views.
Follow every Premier League game live with our brilliant Match Tracker .