William Gallas is still resentful about the way Chelsea treated him.Arsenal defender William Gallas still feels resentment towards Chelsea following his acrimonious deadline day departure.
The French international, 29, spent the summer in a stalemate with his former club, expressing his desire to leave the club and move abroad, but made to remain at Stamford Bridge.
Gallas refused to join up with The Blues for their pre-season tour of America, and looked certain to be left to rot in the reserves for the final year of his contract.
Yet he was handed a lifeline when Arsenal refused to allow Chelsea target Ashley Cole to move to West London, demanding the Frenchman arrived at the Emirates Stadium as part of the deal.
And while both sides got their men, Chelsea made a series of allegations against their former player in the following days, claiming that he had threatened to score an own goal if he was picked for the first team, and Gallas still feels hurt by the affair.
"I do not see myself as a rebel but as someone who is fair and has principles," he told The Sun.
"It was really hard to listen to certain things that they said about me just to hurt me - like the story that I would score an own goal if I played for Chelsea again.
"I went through some really bad days. If I don't hurt anybody why do they have to hurt me? That's how I am, it's not a question of being a rebel.
"From the moment I'm shown respect, I give respect. If they don't do that, then I won't do it either. To the good, I'm good. But to the bad, I'm bad as well."
In an interview with a Spanish magazine, Gallas went into further detail about Chelsea's behaviour at that time.
"This shows that there was, and is, a problem at Chelsea.
"To find out exactly what we are dealing with we would have to ask the coach and chief executive Peter Kenyon.
"That's football. Sadly, that's the way things go sometimes. Now I must keep going and look ahead. I'm not a beginner, people know full well who I am and my way of being.
"Only those who have no idea about me can end up thinking that I'm capable of doing something like that, scoring an own goal.
"In four years, I worked from the bottom, I always played where they asked me and I never caused a problem. I've got a completely clear conscience.
"Now I am at a brilliant club and I only think about Arsenal and I'm 100 percent dedicated to them, like I was to the Blues during those four years.
"I'm proud to be a Gunner. I've arrived at the club that plays the most beautiful football in England."