Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is known for his thrifty transfer dealings, and now it seems like he's not happy with Gael Clichy's form of late—he's too old to play for Arsenal anymore—and reportedly he's willing to offload the speedy left back in the summer. (Wenger is in urgent need of cash to buy a yacht.)
Clichy only has two years left on his contract, and is unlikely to be offered a much improved deal as Kieran Gibbs has successfully passed "Wenger's threshold" to earn a regular first team place. (He passed by slipping against Manchester United back in 2009.)
Wenger clearly feels Gibbs is capable of evolving into a better player and possibly has the potential to end up deputizing "(C)Ashley Cole at Chelsea".
Clichy, 23, has been a consistent performer over the years and is one of the most experienced players in the Arsenal lineup.
Clichy's performance in the ongoing season has been indifferent, owing much to the injury he suffered in the early part of the campaign.
Since returning from injury he couldn't find his best form and the reason is unknown. (Wenger is busy investigating this strange case.)
Presently, Gibbs is injured and Arsenal's third choice left back, Armand Traore is not good enough to challenge Clichy for a starting berth, but once Gibbs returns, Clichy will come under scrutiny if his performance doesn't improve.
Last summer, Real Madrid were speculated to be interested in sealing Clichy's services by offering £16m for the talented left back. But, Wenger was unhappy with Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Real Madrid, as the Frenchman's "reported bid" of "£100m" to sign Ronaldo was rejected by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Meanwhile, rumours are clearly paving the way toward AC Milan. Milan are in need of a new world class left back to replace Paolo Maldini, and Clichy fits the bill perfectly. (Combat between Real Madrid and AC Milan.)
Wenger would be ready to accept a substantial bid for Clichy.(Possibly, Wenger feels his squad's average age is too high this season.)
If Clichy leaves, Gibbs will come under immense pressure to perform at the same level as that of Clichy's. However, Clichy has always been a loyal gunner and his departure wouldn't go down well with most of the fans. (Perhaps, I'm the only one who feels so.)
Maturing Gibbs is always going to overtake Clichy at some point in time, but I feel Gibbs isn't yet ready to handle pressure and Wenger must consider keeping Clichy for another two years, at least. Furthermore, I needn't mention the "quality" of Arsenal's third choice left back, Traore (you know that). So, Clichy must stay!
How many of you would like to see Clichy making way for Gibbs?