Arsenal has completed their first summer transfer, which unfortunately was not the transaction Gunners' fans were quite hoping for. Instead of the arrival of a quality centre half or a tenacious sharp shooter, Arsene manager Arsene Wenger confirmed the departure of left back Gael Clichy to Manchester City for £7 million.
The Frenchman boasted an uncertain future, as Clichy was entering the final year of his Arsenal contract and refused to extend the deal. The 25-year-old, who was the longest serving Arsenal player in Wenger's squad, cited the lack of silverware success materializing at the Emirates and an increased wage as the main reasons for his departure.
Considered one of the best left backs in the English Premier League, Clichy had endured a lapse in calibre and performance levels in recent years but was still regarded highly by Wenger. The Arsenal manager has thanked Clichy for eight years of "terrific service."
But now the main question on Arsenal fans' lips is, just who will replace the 264-game veteran?
Wenger is enjoying an increased transfer budget as the need for success intensifies at the Emirates, and the Frenchman has the ability to target quality reinforcements. However, just who is the best replacement for Gael Clichy is a tough question. Here, Bleacher Report aims to analyse just who Wenger should target, internally and externally.
Wenger has an impressive eye for left backs, establishing the likes of Ashley Cole and of course Gael Clichy since joining the Gunners in 1996. Will this trend continue?