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Clichy: Why, Freddie? Why?

Clichy: Why, Freddie? Why?

Gael Clichy has spoken out about Freddie Ljungber's comment slamming Arsenal for not showing enough ambition to keep the has-been winger.

Upon signing for West Ham Ljungberg said: 'Two years ago when I signed my last contract we talked a lot about the future and about bringing great players to the club,' said Ljungberg. 'Despite building the new stadium we wanted to stay top in England and do well in Europe.

'For me that didn't really happen.

'I stayed because I wanted to stay loyal to Arsenal. But when Henry left this summer it felt like the end for me unfortunately.

'I felt like all the unbeaten players (from the invincibles) had left. I wanted to be loyal but I felt like it was the right time.

Well in fact Freddie, the following players were at Arsenal during the unbeaten season, and are still here: Clichy, Lehmann, Toure, Gilberto and Hoyte. That's 5, 6 if Ljungberg had stayed.

Could it be more to do with the fact that Ljungberg would have started the season as 4th choice winger, and West Ham were offering crazy money? I think so.

Anywho, Clichy disputes Ljungberg's claims. Speaking to The Evening Standard Gael said: 'I don't think Arsenal lack ambition. I don't know why Freddie said that.

'He has had nine great seasons with Arsenal and he's entitled to his opinion but I've got a different opinion.

'For two years we hear Arsenal are not competitive any more but last season we won both matches against Manchester United and drew both against Chelsea with what is supposed to be a young team, so I don't know what's wrong with that.

'We know we've got the quality, the strength. Everyone is confident, we have signed great players and we are going to have a great season.'

Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Friday July 27 2007
Time: 12:49PM


he didnt say arsenal lacked ambition - peple are just reading more into his statement then is actually there.
27/07/2007 12:59:00
The key is that the players are confident. As Wenger said a short time back really good teams can look very average when confidence goes. Get off to a good start and with the players believing in themselves and the supporters believing in them anything is possible.
27/07/2007 13:25:00
I agree that this story is a bit overcooked. Anyway, it's what he did last year that caught the eye - rising to a challenge, and exceeding expectations... he fought, he flew and also bit - laying into tackles terrier-like. Having demonstrated his ability to step up to the plate when it matters, Gael (at 22!) is surely headed for greatness.
27/07/2007 13:53:00
I thnk freddie was being a bit of a **** to be honest. He deserved the Gael Force!
27/07/2007 14:26:00
Uh, two wins against MU and two draws against Chelsea mean nothing compared to the overall result. We beat you and United twice last season, does that say we were competitive?
27/07/2007 14:30:00
rat leaving a sinking ship comes to mind!!!
27/07/2007 14:31:00
Unlike the rats joining the sinking ship known as Spurs?
27/07/2007 14:55:00
Yeah, selling two injury prone 30 year olds, what a regression. springy, remind me how Chelsea's last 30 year old acquisition turned out.
Little Dutch
27/07/2007 15:20:00
He doesn't say "Arsenal lack ambition." but saying that Arsenal promised big players, then didn't deliver, is just about the same thing, just being a little more polite about it.
27/07/2007 15:32:00
When have we ever bought ready made big players? Ljungberg wasn't exactly high profile. But to be honest, I think these comments are being over egged, I've got no problems with the guy personally.
Little Dutch
27/07/2007 15:50:00
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