Gael Clichy Swap for Felipe Melo Could Be Missing Piece of Arsenal Puzzle

AlessioContributor IJuly 7, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09: Gael Clichy of Arsenal  clashes with Fredrik Stoor of Fulham during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Fulham at The Emirates Stadium on May 9, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images)
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Morning my fellow Gooners! This is my first article, so just want to keep it short and chirpy today! 

I've been reading reports about Felipe Melo in a swap deal for Gael Clichy. We should be very interested in this deal, and I hope there's some truth to this. I know Arsene Wenger has had an interest in Melo for some time.

Despite Clichy being a very loyal servant for us, he really hasn't fully delivered on the promise after taking over from Cashley Cole, and maybe it's time for a change. I say this somewhat reluctantly, and for two main reasons: 

1. We have two awesome young players coming through, Kieran Gibbs and Pedro Botelho, and if Clichy stays, their Arsenal careers may be cut short. Both full backs are completely brilliant and attacking too, so if Clichy holds value to Juventus, then I think we should do a deal while we can.

2. I also truly believe that along with adequate defensive signings this summer, Melo is the missing piece of AW's puzzle. Having two footballing defensive midfielders would provide adequate protection to the defence, providing a solid base for our attacking style and allowing our fullbacks to get forward.

It would also allow us to be more robust and flexible if Alex Song or Melo get injured because we wouldn't need to rely on attacking midfielders like Cesc Fabregas, Abou Diaby, and Denilson playing the defensive role.

I love Clichy, but is he indispensable? He doesn't get forward so much these days, and he often switches off in games and makes bad errors. I would like to see Gibbs as first choice—I think he is brilliant and of course English! Melo is great too...

Go for it, AW, and watch the silverware tumble in!