While he thinks Arsenal will have enough in the tank to qualify for the latter stages of the tournament, he does not think they will finish above Sevilla in their group.
Additionally, he also spoke about how it feels to play in the Champions League, saying that it is a ‘dream’ and that the Gunners players ‘deserve it’.
What did William Gallas say about playing in the Champions League?
On playing in the Champions League, Gallas said: “The players who haven’t played in the Champions League will realise that all of the sacrifices they made as young people to become professional football players was worth it.
“Playing in the Champions League is a dream for any professional football player. There will be a lot of thoughts running through the players’ minds while the Champions League anthem is playing.
“They will be very proud of themselves because, you have to make huge sacrifices to make it in football. It’s not easy making your breakthrough. They need to enjoy the moment because they deserve it.
“It is very exciting to make your first Champions League appearance. I knew that it was going to be difficult for me to play well against players that I wasn’t familiar with. When you play in the Champions League, you’re coming up against opponents with different styles of play that you’re not used too.
“As a defender, it can be a little bit tricky. The intensity of the games is different. Certain teams prefer to play a possession-based game, some strikers don’t look like they are physical, but the quality is exceptional, and you have to understand that every single team and opponent can hurt you.”
How does Gallas think Arsenal will fare?
On how he thinks Arsenal will perform in the Champions League this season, Gallas claimed: “I wouldn’t be so confident that Arsenal will dominate their Champions League group. Sevilla is a very strong team. After watching the Europa League final, I saw a team that is very comfortable on the European stage.
“I think they will finish in the top two of the group. It’s very difficult to play against Sevilla – they play good, intense football. Technically, they are really good.
Don’t forget, Sevilla also has a lot more experience than Arsenal at this level. I’m confident that Arsenal will qualify from the group, that is for sure, but they will finish behind Sevilla.”