Writer: Nick Simmonett
Date:Friday July 27 2007
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.'
Date:Friday July 27 2007
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