WTTGT Writer: Reiss Silva
In 2003, Gaël Clichy signed for Arsenal from French side, Cannes and for three seasons he was understudy to Ashley Cole. During this time Gaël Showed great potential which was probably a reason why the club decided to part with Cole in the summer of 2006.
Clichy enjoyed a solid season as our first choice left-back and in the following season was even better as he was named in the PFA Team of the Year. At the time youngsters, Armand Traoré and Kieran Gibbs, were showing signs of development which meant Clichy had to keep up his level of performances.
However, just lately many supporters have become frustrated with the Frenchmen’s inconsistency. When he is on form there is no doubting his ability, but this has become less and less frequent.
There are times when he seemed to lack enthusiasm and the desire. When Arsenal came up against teams that pile on pressure the Gunners are in possession, Clichy showed a clumsy side that has cost the side on a occasions.
There are many factors which could be contributing to this. Firstly, neither Traoré nor Gibbs have managed to force their way into the team. Gibbs undoubtedly has talent but injuries are holding him back.
As a result Clichy has maybe realised he is the only choice to play in that position which in turn has affected motivation and performance levels.
Another reason could be that he has become fed up with the team fading out towards the end of the season time and time again.
I don’t think the latter is a valid reason as the only ones that can deliver a trophy to the Emirates are the players themselves. In fact, in my opinion the failure of the team to win a Cup should act as a motivation to silence their critics.
So Arsenal’s most senior player could is on the move. Who would I recommend as his replacement? Well, Leighton Baines is a great shout for this but there are many more top players to replace the Frenchman out there.