Writer: Nick Simmonett
Date:Saturday January 6 2007
Arsenal`s French left back Gael Clichy has called for Arsenal to learn how to play against teams that sit back and defend.
Teams playing negative or even 'anti-football` have often come away from games with some of the spoils this season.
The lack of that 'killer instinct` has cost Arsenal dearly as we have fallen 15 points behind Manchester United.
The fact that Arsenal have beaten Man Utd away, Liverpool and Spu*s at home and drawn with Chelsea away makes it all the more painful.
Us fans are not the only ones to feel this pain: 'We drew at Chelsea without key players, won at Old Trafford, beat Tottenham and Liverpool.
'That showed everyone we have the quality. Of course we are far behind them [in points] but in terms of quality and football I think we are at the same level.
'The problem is we did well against all the big teams but maybe, like the boss says, we need to have humility when we play the smaller teams because even smaller teams near the bottom can hurt you bad.
'That's what has happened with us. We have drawn so many games at home.
'I think we are capable of great things.
'Last season it was a great thing to get to the Champions League final. That showed we can play football and get some great results but in England the football is different.
'It's a battle, a fight all through the game and we need to be capable of battling against those type of teams.
'Now everyone is saying: 'We go to Arsenal, play 10 at the back and just kick them and wait for them to make a mistake.' We have to show them that, if you do that, you will pay for it.'
Clichy also said that he would have considered leaving Arsenal had Cole not left in the summer: 'Maybe I would have asked to leave or to go on loan but I'm happy for me and for him as well because he is at a good club and is a good guy,' Clichy added.
'It's a big opportunity for me. My objective is to be the best and to be remembered in football, so of course I was happy Ashley left.'
Date:Saturday January 6 2007
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