Clichy is Too Clumsy
Our second visit to Manchester has resulted in yet another undeserved defeat. The chances were there, the woodwork hit once again by van Persie, certain goal cleared off the line and once again another blatant penalty missed by the referee. The performances are there from the team, the chances are being created, what we are missing is that little bit of luck that is required.
What is not excusable are the elementary mistakes being made at the back. In particular by Gael Clichy who has been given too much leniency by the fans because he has taken over from Ashley Cole.
Clichy can play very well, but he has become prone to more and more mistakes. On Saturday Wright-Phillips waltzed past him like he was not even there. The three second half goals were due to Clichy. The second saw Fabregas play the ball into his path, he lost it in City’s half and they went up the field and scored. The third had him scrambling to tackle or foul Wright-Phillips, he failed in either attempt and Adebayor scored. The killer fourth goal again saw Clichy lose the ball in the opponents half.
People will say that it is because he is an offensive type player that he got caught in possession. That is not true. His attacking play is very poor, he rarely ventures into the opposition penalty area and his crossing is woeful. His scoring record is poor. He offers little going forward except raw pace. Kieran Gibbs, a former winger, is a better attacking full-back.
If Saturday was an isolated incident, then Clichy would be forgiven, but every season he makes basic mistakes that cost us games and points.
I have never forgiven him for the penalty he gave away against Birmingham City two seasons ago. Everyone slated Gallas for his tantrum and Clichy escaped criticism. That penalty cost us two points and eventually the title that season.
It is about time Arsenal fans realised that Clichy is the weak link and that Wenger needs to replace him with Gibbs.