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Last Updated: Friday, 18 January 2008, 20:51 GMT
Young guns refresh Gallas
Arsenal captain William Gallas
Arsenal captain William Gallas is backing Sport Relief
Arsenal captain William Gallas says playing in Arsene Wenger's young side has helped to revitalise him.

Arsenal, who have a side with an average age of under 25, are joint top in the league with Manchester United.

"I feel like I am 20-years-old sometimes, because the atmosphere is so great," said Gallas, 30, speaking at the launch of Sport Relief.

"I really want them to be champions as they deserve it. It's really important that we win something this season."

Arsenal last won the title in 2004, when Wenger's side were unbeaten during the campaign's 38 Premier League games.

"Everyone wants to win at least one trophy this season and all the young players are very focused about what they have to do," added Gallas.

"We know Manchester United are strong, and we know Chelsea are not far behind so it will be difficult for Arsenal to be champions.

"But everyday when I go into training I love to see them play, because they are all so young and enthusiastic.

Sign up for the Sport Relief Mile on March 16
Alan Hansen and Gary Lineker are up for the Sport Relief challenge

"I enjoy talking to them and advising them when something is wrong.

"I want them to enjoy every game and I want them to be champions at the end of the season because it is good to be champions when you are young."

Gallas is just one of a host of famous faces from the world of football who are backing Sport Relief.

Alan Shearer will be cycling from St James' Park to Television Centre via The Hawthorns with Match of the Day's Adrian Chiles to raise money.

Gary Lineker, Alan Hansen, Les Ferdinand and Jermain Defoe are also throwing their weight behind the campaign.

You can get involved in Sport Relief by signing up for one of the many Sport Relief Miles happening all over the UK on 16 March.

Sign up for the Sport Relief Mile on March 16

Simply sign up to do one, three or six miles, get yourself sponsored and do your bit for Sport Relief.

If you can't do the run then how about organising a Sport Relief football match or a fun sports quiz?

"The great thing about Sport Relief," said Gallas, "is that everyone can get involved, it doesn't matter how old you are, or where you live, you can still take part in the Sport Relief Mile.

"It doesn't matter if it takes you five or 50 minutes, if you sign up and get involved then you are doing your bit to help."


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