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In Praise of Gael Clichy

When the man who is as mental as a mad badger on crack, Raymond Domenech, picked his latest French squad, I'm pretty sure that two names leapt up off that list of players and burned their way into Gooner eyes. The first being Mathieu Flamini, who we all hope to see play (as long as he doesnt get injured, thank you very much M. Domenech), preferably at the expense of Lassana Diarra - not just because he upped sticks and left, but more to do with the fact that I'd like him to show Diarra exactly why he wasn't featuring in the first team - as he has been magnificent all season.

The second, earning what every Gooner knows is a LONG overdue call-up, is a player you never hear a peep out of. You don't hear about him going out, getting pissed, partying, moaning about his team-mates not being up to it. He's not a media whore, and I bet when he heard of the call up, although he will have been blown away at finally earning international honours, my bet is that he didn't nearly swerve his car off the road in shock. So well done, and not before time I might add, to Gael Clichy.

All season long he has been playing out of his skin. When he first stepped into the left back berth as first choice last season, he was a little 'green' in certain defensive areas. The promise and potential has always been evident for all to see though. And all season long he's shown that promise has been fulfilled, and has been turned from potential into performance.

As has been much noted, his energy levels are unceasing, and as I write this, as the full time whistle blows, the commentators on five live mention Gael Clichy bombing forward in attack, in what was the game's final action.

He has become very solid defensively. I remember last season when we played away at ManUre, and Ronaldo was charged with tormenting Gael. Come the second half, Taggart switched the portuguese prima donna to the opposite flank, so little change did he get out of Clichy.

The only thing we continue to wait for is his first Arsenal goal. It would surely be an immensely popular one, and would bring the house down.

But until that moment happens, let's all bask in the glory of one more of our young crop gaining international recognition.

Heartfelt congratulations, and not before time in my opinion, to Gael Clichy. May he go on to become the French first-choice left back for the next decade. I wouldn't bet against it.

France should brace itself for an area of high pressure, with gusts of extreme high wind to be expected. But they needn't worry. It'll just be the fallout-winds from Gael Clichy tearing up the pitch for his country, in the 93rd minute of the game.

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Date:Saturday February 2 2008

Time: 2:46PM

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Couple of days late with this piece, guys n' gals. But late as it is, this piece needed to be written. He's been superb.
»»Arsene Knows««
He was at fault for the goal today but I think we can all forgive him the way he has been playing this season. Long may it continue..
Everyone makes mistakes. That was once in many games! :) But I wouldn't be surprised if some idiots start saying 'he cost us a goal' blah blah blah
Lou the Gunneress
Charlie Nicholas, in the sky studio, before the game referred to him as possibly the best left back in the world. There aren't many you would put ahead of him. Todays mistake wasn't as costly as it might have been. Importantly he didn't let it affect his game too much so a lesson learned I would hope.
He thoroughly deserves all the praise he gets. ANother gem Arsene found for us.
About time too. He's been awesome ever since he broke into the first team. Cashley who?
Silly mistake today, but one of the only ones I remember making this season, so he can be forgiven. Especially as it didnt cost us points. Great results for us this weekend Gooners......enjoy the rest of it.
Well done Gael. Fully and completely deserves it. If anyone states otherwise, they're screwed in the head. :P
Yeah.. he's been brilliant.. yesterday, he clearly tried to control the ball when he was off balance.. hence the total embarrassment.. overall he's been the live-wire in the team and definitely one of those 'unsung heroes'!
That mistake against Corluka was the first time I have ever seen him bugger that fake then turn, so once is forgiveable Iw ould say.
Ozi Gooner
hey rocky, simmy, ld and wingy.... need ur interviews for my college tabloid.. can u gimme ur email addresses asap??
Funny you should say that Amos, at the game (even after his mistake) yesterday my mate turned and asked me who was better in the world. I couldn't really reply other than to say, Evra comes close.
Little Dutch
Check your inbox adi.
Little Dutch
go4it_adi, check your inbox dude - mine's in there too...
»»Arsene Knows««
Reminds me of a young Ashley Cole ;)
Adilson, to be precise, he reminds us of a young Cashley without the superstar wannabe attitude.
Lou the Gunneress
Or the Bentley
Excellent attitude from Clichy, and he has made only one mistake this season. To be honest, his strides this season have kept pace with my expectations (my expectations from him were certainly high), and the gap that existed between Evra and Clichy is certainly extremely marginal now. At the end of this season, I expect him to be acknowledged as the best LB in the Premiership.
This is the level of consistent brilliance Gael has now reached - it becomes a minor shock when he makes a mistake like yesterday.
in what way is evra ahead of clichy other than age? clichy is miles better. dribbling, passing, defending (see how lennon skinned evra in the fa cup), crossing, everything!
Yeah Ian, I'm also wondering why Evra's still so highly rated. He was good last season but Clichy's better than him now IMHO. And with the likes of Riise and Matt Taylor under-performing this season, I don't see any LB's better than Clichy and Evra in the league.
Lou the Gunneress
yep agree he deserves it
ozanne park rangers
Great last Paragraph!

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