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Clichy Is Ok

Arsenal defender Gael Clichy was in and out of hospital this afternoon after being on the end of a Kevin Davies special.

The Frenchman was substituted at half time after Davies went straight through him in an impressive display of macho manliness just short of the break.

Clichy spent the rest of the half getting treatment and was taken to hospital on crutches.

However the pacey left back has been given the all clear and came home with the rest of the team.

Good news all round.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 20 2008

Time: 8:49PM

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I wish they would get the thugs off of the pitch. These Fkers cannot play football so they rely on brutish tactics to get the results.
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20/09/2008 20:53:00

Big relief this one, I was really worried! Is it just me or did it look like a red card offence to you guys?!
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20/09/2008 21:14:00

Without a doubt. The guy is an idiot.
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20/09/2008 21:18:00

Good news and I'm relieved. At first, I saw nothing wrong in the challenge, but Clichy was injured high up on the shin, so it was a rash tackle. I dont think we should over react much though, Diaby's tough tackle did keep out Sneijder for a few months as well. I know Bolton has a bit of history with the thuggery, but overall, they were tough but fair tonight.
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20/09/2008 21:19:00

Thank God!, I was dead scared he would be out. We dont need another poor tackle that will demoralize the team this early into the season. The referees should give extra protection to Arsenal, coz the way we play can leave opponents frustrated with the lack of ball that they see.
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20/09/2008 21:38:00

On a slightly related note, I guess if it wasn't someone like Bolton, Arsene would have considered using Gibbs as a like-for-like backup for Gael, instead of playing both Djourou and Sagna out of position. I can't wait to see the kids play on Tue now!
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20/09/2008 21:42:00

I don't think we need extra protection, just for someone with a pair of nuts to enforce the rules.
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20/09/2008 21:46:00

he is our best player thank god hes not injured
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20/09/2008 22:01:00

Are you surprised to hear Lawrenson to say the tackle was "perfectly acceptable", "old-fashioned proper tackle"!? I'm not!
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20/09/2008 22:46:00

Lou - I'm not surprised about Lawrenson and the rest of the MoTD brigade, and the general TV media for that matter. I'm absolutely livid about that tackle by Davies and the media take on it is disgusting. I'm pretty confident you would never get that kind of tackle in any other league in Europe. The fact that it happens here is a sad indictment and for me sums up why England just don't produce enough skilful players. I'm sorry but that tackle was fractions away from possibly ending Clichy's season. I don't care that he got the ball; it's the way you get it that counts. If that was Vieira doing that tackle on Gerrard, do you think the media reaction would've been the same?
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20/09/2008 23:07:00

Lawro is such an arse - by implication he suggested that football-playing teams (as ooposed to 'hard but fair, honest, hard-working' teams like Bolton) are (his word) "jessies"
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20/09/2008 23:09:00

Get real you lot, he took the ball and your man was unfortunate! Knowing you lot you'd prefer Football to be non-contact. Welcome to the real world!
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20/09/2008 23:33:00

ooh pentonpompey, I bet you open beer bottles with your teeth and do other things that real men do. Noone here wants contact-free football (why do you think we revered Vieira?) but Davis is a thug as his consistent table-topping for most yellow/red card points season after season attests. Look at where the tackle took place (near half way line and edge of pitch) and ask why he had to throw himself in quite so hard? He knew what he was doing, as he did those countless other timns he has collected cards.
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20/09/2008 23:41:00

true - davis is a thug, although not half as bad as joe barton or ben thatcher, however I wouldnt have said it was a red card. The MOTD guys as always were wrong - as "by the book" if a player is careless, wreckless, or uses excesive force" then it is a bookable offence - I think it was a pretty wreckless chalenge, and there was definatly excessive force involved, so a yellow card was about right. However it wasn't "serious foul play" so I wouldnt go any further. Still, its (probably) good news for us, as there were fears if he was badley injured, you may recall traore...
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21/09/2008 00:08:00

pentonpompey brainless *****
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21/09/2008 01:48:00

why would Bolton fans pay to watch them such kinda football ? waste of time and money. glad that we do not need to go to blackburn and bolton again this season.
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21/09/2008 04:15:00

thank GOd the lad is ok cos honestly we havent got any one in that position that can give us 50 percent of what clichy gives to the team
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21/09/2008 09:15:00

My god, I'm not entirely sure who the bigger tw@ is. Mark Lawrenson or Kevin Davies? They really are bellends of the highest order.
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21/09/2008 10:08:00

as a gooner, i accept that football is a physical contact sport, contrast toure's tackle in the penalty box with davies tackle on clichy.. of course, i'm not implying that davies had the intention of taking clichy out, but by the lawbook, its a reckless challenge and hence deserves a red card.. its similar to diaby's tackle on bolton's player last year, a reckless one which deserved a red card.. all we're asking is for the media to not encourage these sort of rash tackle,even if its a player in red and white
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21/09/2008 10:23:00

That's great news, I was worried when I saw him being helped off the pitch. Hope to see him back on Saturday against Hull.
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21/09/2008 13:54:00

Quite a few pundits and papers thought it was a robust but fair tackle. OK I thought it's a red card, they might not think so, it's not exactly a clear-cut case. But this last sentence is just too mean and I hate to see this in the media:
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22/09/2008 00:05:00

im not saying that the pundits are right or wrong...but what you have to remember is that they were professional football players...and i think that they are in a better position to understand if that tackle was fair or are all upset because it happened by that player to our clichy who happened to get injured...thankfully not too seriously...i would take 3 points and a few brusies everytime oop north
fran merida
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22/09/2008 12:33:00

The point is that Davies is a CONSISTENT thug -- he does horror tackles all the time. It doesn't matter if he got the ball or not, what he did was to deliberately take advantage of the moment to take down Clichy and hurt him -- APART from getting the ball.
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22/09/2008 21:55:00

And if Eboue had committed the same tackle (or some other Arsenal player against a good ol' English boy), he'd have been sent off and the pundits would've been frothing at the mouth.
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22/09/2008 21:56:00


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