Gaël Clichy (born
is a French
football player, who currently plays for
Arsène Wenger in the summer of
for £250,000, Clichy plays the position of
for Arsenal, although he has had to be content with playing understudy to
Cole. However, he has still made 46 appearances (including 27 in the league)
for Arsenal in the two seasons he has been at the English club.
This explosive young full back has become a valuable asset to Wenger's team
in case of injury to Ashley Cole, and even pushing Cole for a place should
Clichy continue to develop as a player. So good does Wenger see him that both he
and Cole have been put in the team together, using Clichy's pace to great effect
getting up and down the left wing.
Ashley Cole suffered a fractured foot, it seemed that Clichy would earn some
valuable first-team action (for the several months that Cole would be out);
indeed, with the rumours linking Cole with a transfer to
Spain, it seemed
that Clichy could make a strong case for continual first-team action. However,
in a bizarre turn of events, Clichy suffered an exactly identical injury to
Cole's, leaving Arsenal with a crisis at the left-back position; recently, they
Cygan at left-back, with mixed results.