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Clichy Out For Season

Clichy Out For Season

Arsenal's first-choice left-back Gael Clichy has been out injured after playing the full 90 minutes in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final against Villarreal at El Madrigal on 7th April. His young understudy, Kieran Gibbs, has played and impressed in most of the games since, while Emmanuel Eboue has also made two solid appearances as a back-up left-back.

The club has just confirmed that Clichy will stay out for the season to nurse his back injury. Arsene Wenger had hoped we could speed up his recovery a little bit for the run-in if necessary. But now that we're no longer in the Champions League - and may I add that a top-four spot has been guaranteed - he has decided against risking Clichy and will give him the rest he needs.

'It is finished [for Gael],' said the Arsenal manager. 'We would have put a little pressure on the recovery period had we gone to the Champions League Final. But now we will not take a gamble.'

On another note, the club has also announced that there's 'a slight doubt over Andrey Arshavin (flu) but the Russian is expected to feature' against Chelsea in the next league game and that the team picked up no further injuries after the home game against Manchester United: 'We have nobody really injured from Tuesday night,' said Wenger. 'Arshavin has some flu today so we sent him back home. But I believe he will be OK. So it will be the squad from Tuesday with Arshavin available.' I think he meant the regular flu there!

A lot of Gooners have expressed their appreciation of Kieran's performances so far and are keen to see him come back against Chelsea. I personally think he's a strong boy who can pick himself up with the support from his manager and teammates. I'm sure the home crowd will also get behind him this Sunday. But I wouldn't lose any sleep over the possibility of seeing our utility man, Eboue, in left-back, either.

Rest well Gael and see you again in August! (I believe we can safely say this.)



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Writer:Gooner Lou
Date:Friday May 8 2009
Time: 8:06AM

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I think it would have been good to keep Kieran in even if Clichy had recovered. It'd be good for him to bury Tuesday night before the summer. Lets not forget that Gael has a habbit of having a mind fart on occasions (and Gibbs just slipped).
navydave
08/05/2009 09:24:00
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Oh, well with the season almost over, we should wish Clichy a full recovery, and look forward to seeing him fit and well pre-season.
hackneyval
08/05/2009 09:35:00
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Does anyone think we will hacve a fully fit Eduardo, Clichy, Gallas. Rosicky, anyone else I've missed, available at the start of the new season, what 9 ish weeks away.
LondonGooner
08/05/2009 11:57:00
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LG I hope there all bloody fit, seem to remember that some of our fixtures start in July. I really hope the gaffer starts with young Gibbs, he will be in time a great full back. Would just love those whose contracts are outstanding sign so that we wont start the summer with he's leaving and they are chasing him. Se young Theo has signed on the dotted line.
alwaysgunner
08/05/2009 13:34:00
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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/football/premier_league/arsenal/article2462721.ece?token=null&offset=96&page=1 Speaking of defenders, well, well worth a read.
Little Dutch
08/05/2009 14:14:00
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Our first CL qualifier is around July 14. There's also the Confederations Cup which will take Cesc away to another int'l tournament.
jaelle
08/05/2009 15:12:00
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not had much luck with injuries have you lately!
merlin
08/05/2009 20:44:00
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merlin, if the team was a platoon in front line service they would already have been with drawn due to casualties.
Armory
08/05/2009 21:08:00
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the loss o clichy is not the end of the world at this time in the season, Wenger will see this as a positive to allow Gibbs more playing time which he will be alll the better for. he looks potentially a superb player.
oxfordspur
08/05/2009 22:31:00
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Arsene has confirmed that he will play Gibbs against Chelsea, which is good! The only thing I don't like about this article is that arsenal.com keeps calling it a 'mistake' he made against ManU, and it wasn't even a mistake, it's pure bad luck! >_< http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/wenger-i-won-t-hesitate-to-play-gibbs
GoonerLou
09/05/2009 07:16:00
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