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No Clichy Replacement, Wenger Playing a Risky Game

No Clichy Replacement, Wenger Playing a Risky Game

Arsene Wenger has rather astonishingly claimed that Arsenal are up to scratch in the left back department, despite the sale of Gael Clichy in the summer.

The Gunners have a rich tradition of producing excellent left backs over the past 20-30 years, however having lost Clichy to City this off-season on the face of it it seems as though we`re a little light in quality.
Wenger, however, has a different opinion,

'The plan for left back is that we have Kieran Gibbs, Armand Traore and Thomas Vermaelen can play there too. So we have what we need,'

One would hope that this was just the gaffer is just deploying some smoke screens as not to get prices of potential LB targets hiked in the knowledge we`re in need of strengthening, however the past 4 or 5 years have shown Arsene Wenger`s policy seems to have become one of selling or letting go first choice players, and then not replacing them.

Considering how injury prone Gibbs and Vermaelen appear to be, coupled with the, quite frankly, sh*tness of Traore, this is not only a risky game but pretty irresponsible.

Is it any wonder our top players seem to want to leave when this is our policy?

With a massively tough start to the season beckoning, Gervinho signing aside, this summer has been nothing short of disapointing, and frankly, bloody worrying.



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Rocky7
Date:Monday July 11 2011
Time: 12:06PM

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Comments

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mmmm. I have to say that Gibbs is a real possibility there and if he can stay fit. Thats is a big IF, knowing his record. I believe though that he is better defensively than Clichy and positionally but doesn't have his speed. Oh well. The joys of being a gooner. I'm in this for the long haul!
Trennon
11/07/2011 12:25:00
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I agree that Gibbs can do the job, he's a player I rate highly indeed. But Traore just is not good enough ... and Vermaelen? just another case of playing players where they clearly don't belong.
Rocky7
11/07/2011 12:30:00
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Typical Wenger putting player development over the needs of the team. Arsenal FC policy should never be selling players to give others a chance to play, getting a 1st team slot should only ever be performance based and unfortunately for Gibbs because of injury this isnt the case. I wish Gibbs well, really hope he stays injury free and performs.
iceman10
11/07/2011 12:43:00
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I too worry about this. Gibbs ain't ready, but even if he steps up (and stays fit) at his absolute best, it's going to be a sideways move from Clichy rather than looking to improve. I like Gibbs and wish him all the best, but this is a gamble and the odds would be reduced if he went out and got a quality replacement in. If Vermaelen at left back is such a brilliant idea, why have we never done it before? This looks like more make do and mend. Like Almunia was, like the gambles on Vermaelen and Rosicky's fitness were, like hoping Denilson would step up with Gilberto and Flamini gone.
Little Dutch
11/07/2011 13:35:00
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We also have Wilshere who can play there
No 10
11/07/2011 13:38:00
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I'm clutching at straws here, but I really hope beyond hope he has someoen up his sleeve. Jesus christ Traore, he was terrible for us before, played 10 times for Juve since, threw a hissy fit when someone dared point out he made a msitake for goals. If it starts on Sept 1st and he's our 2nd choice LB then I know exactly what side of the fence i'll be sitting with Wenger and the club.
shewore
11/07/2011 13:39:00
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I'll just take the position it is a smokescreen to bring down the price of potential LBs; now, every club knows we are in the market for a LB, they will be salivating waiting for Wenger to make his move. It looks like one position he will keep till late in the window to fill. Very worrying if he fails to do so.
Naijagunner
11/07/2011 15:09:00
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A ******** joke.
Sajit
11/07/2011 15:47:00
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gibbs gets injured easily,and for the life of me I can't see Verminator playing there. Traore is ****e too! Nail on the head Rocky!!
e dubbz
11/07/2011 16:27:00
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Gibbs won't last til the end of August, window slams shut then bam he'll be stricken with our now tradional lightweights syndrome and be out for four months leaving us shafted. You are walking into a bearpit Arsene, which has a floor of thin ice underneath which is a snakepit. First team appearances on merit ONLY!!!
nikolaijns
11/07/2011 18:07:00
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