Ex-Gunner Gallas completes Spurs move

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Tottenham Hotspur announced on Sunday they have completed the signing of former Arsenal captain William Gallas on a one-year contract.

The 33-year-old French defender was a free agent after turning down the offer of a new deal to remain at the Emirates.

Gallas joins a select band of players who have turned out for Arsenal and Tottenham and the move is likely to be controversial with some fans of both north London rivals.

But Spurs boss Harry Redknapp said on Friday: "William is not the first to move between the clubs and won't be the last.

"George Graham played for Arsenal's Double-winning team, managed them and then came to manage Tottenham.

"Pat Jennings played for Tottenham and Arsenal. Alan Ball played for Southampton and Portsmouth.

"Mick Channon played for Southampton and Portsmouth. You want to see hatred, that is hatred between two clubs.

"You need people like William in the dressing room. Big clubs have people who run the dressing room. We don't have too many like him, we're a quiet team.

"Listen if you play rubbish, he's going to get slaughtered.

"But if he comes here, throws himself into a few tackles, wins headers, scores from set-plays, we keep clean-sheets and Tottenham are winning... then we'll see."

Gunners boss Arsène Wenger insists Redknapp has landed a good player.

He said: "I believe William is a great player and Spurs have got a winner.

"We made him an offer to stay but you have to understand that at some stage you reach an agreement or not and then you have to move somewhere else."

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