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Gael Force Wins

On a day that the ever more incestuous trade in transfer rumours had linked him with both Roma and Juventus Gael Clichy responded in the best way possible by signing a new long term deal.

Still a month short of his 23rd birthday the PFA left back of the year has already made 146 appearances for the gunners in his 5 years with the club. In the process he became the Premierships youngest ever winner of a Premier League championship medal. The Arsenal club website notes that with 49 out of a possible 58 appearances last season he made more than any other player following some bad luck with injuries in earlier seasons.

Signed in 2003 from AS Cannes for a reported £250,000 the player has proved to be a real fan`s favourite with his trademark swashbuckling runs down the left flank.

Following the announcements in the last month that Bacary Sagna and Alex Song have also signed extended agreements it gives a welcome respite from the barrage of distortions fed us by the football media.



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Writer:Amos
Date:Friday June 20 2008
Time: 5:28PM

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Good news for you. Glad both him and Evra will be staying in the prem for a while longer.
united4life
20/06/2008 17:41:00
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Gael Clichy Clichy he's better than Ashley........
MrArsenal
20/06/2008 17:41:00
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Could Arsenal of announced this contract signing at a better time? Maybe they felt with the stories this morning in the papers that they could use this to show everyone that Arsenal are still in control of their player.
gunnerkid107
20/06/2008 17:41:00
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Good news for you. Glad both him and Evra will be staying in the prem for a while longer.
united4life
20/06/2008 17:41:00
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Gael Clichy Clichy he's better than Ashley........
MrArsenal
20/06/2008 17:41:00
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Could Arsenal of announced this contract signing at a better time? Maybe they felt with the stories this morning in the papers that they could use this to show everyone that Arsenal are still in control of their player.
gunnerkid107
20/06/2008 17:41:00
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Arsenal and esp AW are clearly worried about the Webster clause, and as per AW's recent comments about players eventually only signing 1yr deals and the transfer system as it is atm dying, he's pre-empting two of the greater issues in play. By having his under 27's sign new deals NOW, he's essentially tying them to the club for a minimum of 3 years. (Players under cannot invoke the webster clause within the first three years of their CURRENT contract). Thus Clichy, Sagna and Song are here for at least 3 years. Ade (the ****) and Fab4 signed new deals last year and are committed for at least 2 years. Fab4 had an 8 year contract and so would have to stump up a ***** load of cash to buy it out anyway. I suspect van Persie will be next to be offered one, but they are probably holding off whilst he's injury prone. Theo too if he makes a big impact this season (he's been here 3 yrs) The other big issue (that won't be made policy in it's current state but might be implemented in a different way), is the 6+5 rule that Platini is rooting for. Arsene has looked at the rule (having spent 3 yrs at the club between the age of 16 and 21 in 'the academies' constitutes 'homegrown') and is buying now. I wonder if Cesc counts? he came at 16. Clichy too. Of the Englishmen - Theo will count, as will Gibbs, Randall, Lansbury, Wilshere, Freeman, Hoyte amongst many others Of the foreigners that will count - Bendtner, Traore, Merida, Rui Fonte, Barazite, Mannone, Song, Sunu, Szczesny, Nordveidt, Ramsey (Wales is foreign), perhaps Vela So essentially - assuming a good chunk of these players make the grade, Arsenal would be very protected from this BS rule anyway.
Englishman-in-NY
20/06/2008 18:27:00
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Arsenal and esp AW are clearly worried about the Webster clause, and as per AW's recent comments about players eventually only signing 1yr deals and the transfer system as it is atm dying, he's pre-empting two of the greater issues in play. By having his under 27's sign new deals NOW, he's essentially tying them to the club for a minimum of 3 years. (Players under cannot invoke the webster clause within the first three years of their CURRENT contract). Thus Clichy, Sagna and Song are here for at least 3 years. Ade (the ****) and Fab4 signed new deals last year and are committed for at least 2 years. Fab4 had an 8 year contract and so would have to stump up a ***** load of cash to buy it out anyway. I suspect van Persie will be next to be offered one, but they are probably holding off whilst he's injury prone. Theo too if he makes a big impact this season (he's been here 3 yrs) The other big issue (that won't be made policy in it's current state but might be implemented in a different way), is the 6+5 rule that Platini is rooting for. Arsene has looked at the rule (having spent 3 yrs at the club between the age of 16 and 21 in 'the academies' constitutes 'homegrown') and is buying now. I wonder if Cesc counts? he came at 16. Clichy too. Of the Englishmen - Theo will count, as will Gibbs, Randall, Lansbury, Wilshere, Freeman, Hoyte amongst many others Of the foreigners that will count - Bendtner, Traore, Merida, Rui Fonte, Barazite, Mannone, Song, Sunu, Szczesny, Nordveidt, Ramsey (Wales is foreign), perhaps Vela So essentially - assuming a good chunk of these players make the grade, Arsenal would be very protected from this BS rule anyway.
Englishman-in-NY
20/06/2008 18:27:00
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Check out Amos's excellent article on this : http://www.arsenal.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=507314
Englishman-in-NY
20/06/2008 18:33:00
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Check out Amos's excellent article on this : http://www.arsenal.vitalfootball.co.uk/article.asp?a=507314
Englishman-in-NY
20/06/2008 18:33:00
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