The Curious case of Clichy
November 4, 2010
Well, where do we start here then?
Firstly, you know there is a big issue when a player gets one decent cross into the box and gets an assist for a goal, and everybody hails him a god.. this is precisely what happened last weekend when said Frenchman, teed up Song for the winner against West Ham.
We all love Clichy as gooners, why?
He stepped in as a mere teenager back when batty boy cashley was having afternoon tea with the other opening batsman, Jose.
Not only did he step in, he ripped it right up!
Ashley who was the cry.
However, since that god awful afternoon up at St Andrews in late winter 2008, and the penalty given against Gael in the 90th minute, a penalty that never was by the way, he has just not recovered.
Sure, he plays the odd blinder here and there… but seriously.. when was the last time Gael played half a dozen solid games on the trot?
He was out for a lot of last season with back injuries, so bad luck on that front, but he has been fully fit this term…. I count he has cost us 4 direct goals from his dilly dallying already….. FOUR GOALS already? In early November?
I back him to get better, but I fear he has topped out… people we are talking about a man who turns 26 next year, positively granddad status at Arsenal.
A man who has played close to 200 games for us… is this it from him?
Can he improve? or is this the best Gael Clichy now on offer?
How many times has he cost us with faffing around or letting his man slip past and deliver into the box?
Also… who were the last team to play us, that did NOT smack long balls and 80% of play down Clichy’s side of the pitch? They all see him as the weak link.. can they all be wrong?
I will never go for a young player who is still progressing and learning the game and building up first team experience, but this can not be the case for Clichy.
He has age and a wealth of experience on his side.
For those who lauded his assist against the Hammers last weekend….. tell me… when was his last assist for Arsenal?
Against West Ham… in January 2008, nearly 3 whole years ago.
Recently he also broke a record whilst playing for France… namely the most misplaced passes for Les bleus for 27 games.
I ask you, how good really is Gael Clichy?
Back a gunner to the hilt, but at some juncture you have to ask yourself the question!