Should Arsenal Sell Gael Clichy?

Ismail AyubCorrespondent IFebruary 21, 2010

LONDON - NOVEMBER 01:  Dudu (L) of CSKA Moscow tackles Gael Clichy (R) of Arsenal during the UEFA Champions League Group G match between Arsenal and CSKA Moscow at The Emirates Stadium on November 1, 2006 in London, England.  (Photo by Phil Cole/Getty Images)
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Every year come the summer transfer window, Arsene Wenger has some tough choices to make. It has been well-documented that Arsenal have to be prudent due to the financial pressures that the creation of their wonderful new stadium has bought. But they also have to sell players. Wenger himself stated that each year he must sell one of his stars in order to help pay off the clubs' debts.

This year one such player who could be sold is Gael Clichy. It has been reported that Wenger himself is receptive to this situation. Gael's form this season has been inconsistent (mainly due to an early-season injury, it must be said), and it seems he has never recovered the form he had in the first half of the 2007-2008 season. With the ever maturing Kieran Gibbs coming through, or Wengers uncanny ability to purchase a cheaper alternative should Wenger sell? One possible stumbling block, would be Clichy's form and injury record this season putting off buyers, but also his unwillingness to want to leave the club. He loves the club, and selling him would be unfair in this respect. 

So if Arsenal can get 16 to 18 milion pounds for him from reported suitors Real Madrid, AC Milan or anyone else should he be sold?

Please leave your thoughts below.