Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Gael Clichy Looks Likely to Move to Italy or Germany
One player who has been heavily rumored to be heading out of Arsenal is Gael Clichy. Various reports suggest that Clichy could be one of the first players to leave the club with a number of suitors including Inter Milan of Italy and German team, Bayern Munich. With just one year left on his contract, Arsenal are willing to lose him for a fairly modest fee than for losing him for free next season.
Right now he is the most experienced player in the squad, having spent eight seasons at the club. He is the last remaining member of the Invincibles and has won just two trophies during his stay at Arsenal. This might have prompted him to contemplate his future and this has to be one of the obvious reasons why he is leaving the club.
While Wenger has expressed his desire to keep hold of the French left back, it might be tough for the Arsenal manager to do so.
Is it a good move for the Gunners?
In my view, yes. Clichy has faded in recent times and is now definitely the shadow of the player he was back in 2008. Injuries have undoubtedly affected his performance and while he still remains better than his understudy, Kieran Gibbs, his performances have become poor in the past two seasons.
His attacking capabilities are not too bad but he is suspect at the back. While he has undoubtedly had a few good games, he has had his fair share of horror shows and now is the best time to sell him instead of losing on a free transfer next season.
But Wenger will have to sign a replacement, preferably Leighton Baines of Everton or Celtic’s Emilio Izaguirre who has been adjudged the player of the season back in Scotland.
Gibbs can continue to remain the understudy or preferably can be loaned out to receive some valuable experience that can help him fulfill his vast potential.
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