So Clichy has left and gone to Manchester City for £7M and apart from Arsenal fans nobody is crying over this departure.
When Gael first burst onto the scene we thought we found the perfect replacement for Ashley Cole, and whilst Clichy had speed to close players down, he offered little going forward. Look at the number of goals he scored in his Arsenal career, 1. Clichy failed to get into the penalty area unlike Cole who liked nothing better than to be in the area looking for a far post goal.
All the fuss this summer has been about Wenger getting Nasri to sign a new contract, there have been no press stories about Clichy being offered a new contract. There have been some reports that Clichy was not even offered a new contract.
Wenger has looked as the sleepy performances by Clichy, the number of goals given away by Clichy’s sloppy marking or the number of times he has given the ball away and has decided you can go.
At the club we have Kierran Gibbs, a more attacking player than Clichy will ever be, a great deliverer of the ball and a player who will look to score. Gibbs is as good a defender as Clichy is and will only get better. More importantly Gibbs is English and has come through the Arsenal ranks, so the club means more to him than it does for too many of our foreign mercenaries. Gibbs just needs to be injury free and by December we will not even remember Clichy.