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Clichy is definitely a player who divides opinions, and we've seen the best and worst of him this season.
On one hand, we have a good left back who is very quick, passes well, and has a good engine. On the other, we have a left back who has poor positioning, poor crossing, and arguably more at home in midfield.
Whichever way you look at him, he does look like a weak link in an ever-changing back four.
He's nowhere near as solid as Sagna is, though the pair seem to be having a competition for most crosses without an assist. He's arguably ahead of Squillaci, though Squillaci's playing a lot more than expected because of numerous injuries.
He also has a bad habit of defending like a center back and tucking in, meaning a center back would have to cover for him.
Gibbs is certainly one for the future, but combines Clichy's inconsistency with lack of experience and an Arsenal trademark affinity for getting injured.
He's not ready to step up, but Clichy was in a similar position after Cole left, and maybe being thrown into the deep end may do him some good—if he stays injury free.
The tabloids have had fun already hyping up his exit now that his contract talks seem to be at a standstill, but he is by no means an important loss, and there are better players out there if Wenger is really looking for other options.
He also, hopefully, will have Vermalen back next season to ease the pressure if a new face is brought in or Gibbs is given a chance. This is Wenger we are talking about, and it's not impossible.
Celtic's Inzaguirre has been named, though I don't know anything about him.
While Baines is a much more promising name, bringing a more solid presence in defense and better presence attacking wise, depending on your source, a straight sway or straight cash deal could be in the works.
There's also an added bonus in that he's young enough to playing his best, and old enough so that Gibbs can be blooded in.
I believe another transfer target in Zagreb's young Vrsaljko is supposedly playable on both flanks, though his transfer remains to be seen. The same can be said for the rumor surrounding Marseille's Taiwo, who is supposedly on a Bosman, which would delight Wenger.
Clichy has only missed two games out of 30 this season, and played every minute of those 28 he did play in—conceding 26 goals, 12 clean sheets, and a single assist.
In a more turbulent Everton side, Baines has managed to appear in and play the full 90 minutes of all of Everton's 31 league matches so far this season, according to premierleague.com. Though he has only six clean sheets to his name, and conceded 41 goals, Baines has scored three and made 11 assists.
His clean sheet record is a bit worrying, but he also has four other players to shoulder that burden; though his three goals and 11 assists would be a million times better than Clichy's single assist.
I wouldn't miss Clichy; though he's playing much better recently, he's not really what we need at the back, and his sharpness up front could be better.
Looking at the numbers between him and Baines, you have to wonder how well Baines would do on our defense. So I'd be happy with cashing in on him in the Summer.