Time for Gibbs to start ahead of Clichy
September 19, 2010
I heard an important point raised on the Arsenal Fan Forum show last Friday night.
Gael Clichy has not got the technical ability to do anything worthwhile with the ball in the final third of the pitch, he is wonderful at getting into the correct areas when we are on the front foot, but due to his inability to reach his own man with the ball… we lose possession many more time than not.
This then causes the opposition to hit us on the counter with both full backs caught in the wrong third of the pitch, does Clichy think he is better than he actually is?
Has he actually progressed well enough since he burst onto the scene in 2004/5?
That is almost 7 season ago, he is more than experienced enough, has plenty of miles on the clock.. so is this the best version of Gael Clichy? Is this his limit?
If it is, get Gibbs in, now!
I believe Gibbs to be a far better player in the final third, therefore we will concede possession less, and maybe help create more goalscoring chances with a better pass/cross in that area of the pitch.
Defensively? Gael has always been, and will always be prone to lapses in concentration, he is not inexperienced or a teenager anymore, this is him, this is his ability level.
I see so much more potential and scope with Gibbs, personally… I think if he got a dozen games, Clichy would easily be left back number 2.
Crying shame KG got injured last season, whilst Clichy was out for so long, as he would have made the number 3 shirt his own.
Arsenal and England!