Arsenal Transfer Prospects: The 8 Best Potential Replacements for Gael Clichy

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Arsenal Transfer Prospects: The 8 Best Potential Replacements for Gael Clichy
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Veteran Arsenal left back Gael Clichy is still unable to conclude an agreement over a contract extension with Arsene Wenger as the Frenchman aspires to command silverware and glory after enduring sixth successive seasons without silverware at the Emirates.

The 25-year-old is entering the final year on his contract, and Wenger is eager to tie down Clichy rather than risk a departure next season for free.

Regarded as one of the strongest left backs in the English Premier League, the former Cannes midfielder is currently the longest serving Gunner in Wenger's squad, having arrived in North London during 2003. Clichy is also the last member of the Arsenal squad to achieve silverware with the North London giants, winning the renowned Invincibles title in 2003/2004.

A quick, experienced left back, Clichy's inability to re-sign for Arsenal has ensured rivals Liverpool have made a £5 million bid for the France international. Although highly regarded, Clichy's form has diminished considerably in recent seasons with the Frenchman a mere figure of his form in 2007/2008 which earned him a place in the PFA Team of the Year.

Wenger is obviously eager to maintain Clichy's presence at the Emirates due to his leadership and calibre and undoubtedly will be tentative to sell his left back to a fellow English Premier League side. The likes of Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Juventus have all expressed interest in acquiring the fullback, and Wenger desires more than the £5 million offered by the Reds.

With the need for success intensifying at the Emirates due to the distinct lack of success over recent years, the French tactician has been allowed an increased transfer budget for the current summer transfer window which enables Wenger to target high calibre potential replacements.

So this slideshow establishes the eight best potential replacements, external and internal, for Gael Clichy, should the Frenchman fail to extend his contract with the Gunners.

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