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Gael Clichy Joins Manchester City In £7 Million Deal

Gael Clichy today joined Manchester City on a four-year contract. The former Arsenal defender, 25, will compete with Aleksander Kolarov for the starting left back position.

The transfer could signal the growing gap between Manchester City and Arsenal near the top of the Premier League table. Arsenal, who were in second place for much of the latter half of the season, were passed by Manchester City who ended in third place while the Gunners finished in fourth.

Manchester City are rumored to have spent £7million to capture Clichy from Arsenal. The signing of Clichy is a fantastic move by Manchester City. The talented left back took over the reins at Arsenal from Ashley Cole, and has been a formidable player at the back for the Gunners.

“I’m really happy to be joining such a great club,” said Clichy. “I hope I can add to the quality we already have here because we have a fantastic squad who I believe will continue to get better. I can’t wait to get started and I think anything is possible with this team.”

The two questions for Arsenal are (1) will this be the beginning of an exodus from Arsenal especially if Samir Nasri and Cesc Fabregas are the next to leave, and (2) will one of these 10 players be the one to replace Gael Clichy?

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  1. Efrain

    July 7, 2011 at 11:47 am

    I will miss Clichy. He was a strong, aggressive player. Had speed when he needed it and was pretty good with crossing the ball into the penalty box on the fly.

  2. JC

    July 5, 2011 at 11:19 pm

    Like Dave said, how is losing one of the starting defenders in a vilified defense a bad thing for Arsenal? It’s very possible this move is good for both clubs. Maybe a fresh start brings Clichy’s form back in line with a few years ago. And Arsenal begins a much needed transition.

  3. Dave (dlbags)

    July 5, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    How about we wait till the final team roster is made before we predict where Arsenal will finish or bad they are. Cesc and Nasri as of this moment are still under contract and on the team. Arsenal are in talks for half a dozen players both coming and going.

    Why don’t we allow them to show their intentions before we write the season and team off?

  4. Harry

    July 4, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Wenger knows what he’s doing as far as Clichy is concerned. I cannot see him being ahead of Kolarov who in his first year in the EPL played quite well and will only get better this season. It didn’t look like Clichy wanted to remain at Arsenal no matter what they offered which is why he was linked to Liverpool initially until City came calling paying him more in wages. City have a decent backup to Kolarov and Arsenal get 7 million they can use for transfers. It will be interesting to see which players Wenger ultimately brings in after Nasri and Fabregas also leave. With the sale of these three players alone Arseanl will have close to 60-65 thousand to spend. The fear is that other players might want to leave too.

  5. Dave (dlbags)

    July 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    I like how most of last season all this blog talked about was Arsenal’s lack or resilience in their back four and need for better defenders and when one of the problem players leaves you guys join in with the moronic papers in singling this as abandoning ship. Clichy asked for an extension last summer and was told we’ll see, he had a sub par season (again) and was sold, but you guys go ahead and spin this as a bad thing lol.

    It’s incredible. Read your own lambasting of Arsenal from this past season. Clichy was part of the problem not solution. He was always getting beat etc. He’s a great guy and maybe a change of scenery will get back on his toes, but he was coasting most of this season.

    • Nate

      July 5, 2011 at 1:10 am

      First off, men don’t LOL. That’s for middle school girls and weakens your point.

      It’s not about Clichy leaving. It’s about multiple Arsenal players wanting to leave. Arsenal need a keeper, need more in defense, they need to keep their midfielders, and they need a non-injury prone striker. Otherwise this will be the year they miss out on Champions League.

      • Dave (dlbags)

        July 5, 2011 at 5:14 am

        That’s nonsense. EVERYONE knew Clichy was leaving and Cesc would be even had we won the double except the spun would be he got his trophies now he wants to go back home.

        So the only drama/shock is Nasri. Which would be happening anyway as he is about to start his walk year and is obviously going to leverage it to get the most money. He was linked with AC Milan mid season for gods sake.

        Why is anyone reading more into this than normal player stuff? He hasn’t even left yet. And if he does he’s not a lynchpin in the slightest to our success. RvP leaving would be. Frankly had Nasri rose up when the team needed him the season would have played out different. He’s not even proven himself a big game player IMHO.

        Furthermore you will see more of this (Rooney, hello?) until FIFA’s fair play kicks in as player want to maximize the money they can make before teams hands get tied.

        The fact is AFC can make this go away with a check but they want to stick to their principals. And if he does ho Wenger is still a genius as he made a huge profit off him like most players that leave.

        Cesc leaving is far worse than Nasri but it’s life just like the Tevez situation. You can only pound a square peg into a round hole so long.

        If Cesc and Nasri both leave Wilshere and Ramsey or this kid from Velencia will have to step up. If we don’t finish top four it will suck sure but there’s still a lot of talent on the rise in this team and they will only get better. Either way life goes on.

        I’d just wait till everything plays out before I start chiseling tombstones. Lots of balls in the air still.

  6. Sundaywest

    July 4, 2011 at 5:01 pm

    Clichy omo to shun(using my dialect)a frist young player to lift the epl.Top class defender.Wounderfull signing for city keep it up clichy with city all trophy is possible.

  7. Evan

    July 4, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    Clichy’s poor form was more circumstantial than him being a bad player imo. With Joe Hart, VK and NDJ screaming down his ear there’s no way he’s gonna go missing in games. Excited about this. Proper width and pace now from our full backs

    It seems that a lot of Arsenal supporters think that he isn’t quality.
    But even if Vidic was playing for Arsenal, their defense would still look awful.

  8. Guy

    July 4, 2011 at 2:34 pm

    I’m sure some will decry City for splashing more cash around, but this seems a great signing to me. If I were a City fan I would be ecstatic. To me, they are spending now for “need” rather than “greed”.

    Only the jealous would complain.

    • MUFC77

      July 4, 2011 at 3:14 pm

      7m is hardly splashing the cash. Getting a established EPL defender who played at the highest level and is only 25 for that kind of money is good business, it may not be a glamorous signing but its a good signing in my opinion.

      As long as they arnt paying him $480,000 a week in wages then its money well spent, and hes young enough they will get most of their money back if they sell him later on.

      “Not arrogant, just better”

      • Kautzie

        July 4, 2011 at 3:47 pm

        Seriously man have you watched him the last few years? In 3 short years Clichy has gone from being a world class LB to the LB version of Titus Bramble.
        All that aside it’s not a bad deal for City no matter how much they pay him, theirs a lot more blood money where that came from.

        • MUFC77

          July 4, 2011 at 4:09 pm

          Ive seen enough of him to know he was never “world class”. Hes a solid left back who will fill a need for City.

        • Dave C

          July 5, 2011 at 12:39 pm

          I’ve wondered about this too. I don’t really follow Arsenal, but everything I’ve heard from fans, pundits, the internet etc suggests that Cliche has really stunk for the last couple of seasons at least.

          • Dave (dlbags)

            July 5, 2011 at 1:28 pm

            You know when you play so long at the same place you prbbaly get too comfortable or something. The LB position was just a liability for us all season so perhaps a change of scenery will get him going again. But based off the last two seasons only someone trying to slag Arsenal (like every paper right now) would even raise an eyebrow over his leaving.

  9. Nate

    July 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    One down, Fabregas and Nasri to go. Arsenal to finish 6th this season.

    • Gooner

      July 4, 2011 at 3:01 pm

      C’est la vie…. The knock on effects of paying Nasri and Clichy extravagant amounts are not worth it. I’m happy that we have a wage structure in place which helps the club remain sustainable.

      By the way, even without Fabregas and Nasri, I’m confident that Wenger can lead Arsenal over Liverpool and Tottenham 😀

      • Nate

        July 4, 2011 at 5:21 pm

        Maybe Tottenham, but Liverpool are reloaded. They’ll finish 4th.

        • madmax

          July 5, 2011 at 1:27 am

          Has anyone realised that vermaelen was bought as a replacement for clichy but because Touré left, he started at center back but now if arsenal do sign a big center back like samba then our defensive problems are over

          • Nate

            July 5, 2011 at 3:20 pm

            Vermaelan is a quality player. Getting him back will help, but not enough. Arsenal still need to address the keeper issue. Who will start in midfield? Explain how Arsenal keeps 4th position without Fab and Nasri.

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