In the UK, the Guardian and Daily Mail newspapers are reporting that Liverpool FC have bid £5 million for Arsenal’s want away left back Gael Clichy. Loathed to let a player with only 12 months on his contract leave for free, Arsenal could be forced to part ways with the French international. Would his departure be such a bad thing?
Clichy is Arsenal’s only current player with the experience of winning the Premiership. He is also a highly durable athlete in a squad frequently ravaged by injuries.
Still, the former Cannes player has suffered an alarming loss of form during the past three seasons. Key defensive mistakes have characterised his play and his development has gone backwards. His lack of productivity going forward is a source of increasing frustration. The quality of his final ball shows no signs of improvement.
Arsene Wenger would no doubt resent losing a player he plucked from obscurity and moulded into an international, for a paltry sum. If Liverpool or another suitor manages to snare Clichy, here are five potential solutions to replace him.