Clichy Joins Manchester City

CLICHY

Arsenal Football Club can confirm that the transfer of Gael Clichy to Manchester City has been completed for an undisclosed fee.

Clichy, 25, joined Arsenal from Cannes in August 2003, and during his time with the Gunners made 264 appearances in all competitions. 

In his debut season with Arsenal, Gael became the youngest player at the time to win a Premier League medal in 2004, aged 18 years and 10 months. Soon after, Clichy established himself as a mainstay of Arsčne Wenger’s side and also a regular with the France national team. 

During the 2007/08 season, the Toulouse-born defender played a total of 49 matches – more than any other Arsenal player – and was also voted into the PFA Team of the Year.

Arsčne Wenger said: “We would like to thank Gael for eight years of terrific service to Arsenal, during which time he gave absolutely everything for the Club. He has grown and developed so much since joining us in 2003, and has been a crucial part of the team over recent seasons. Gael leaves with our respect and best wishes. We wish him the very best for his future career.” 

Gael said: “I have had eight fantastic years at Arsenal and made many friends. I have so many great memories from my time at Highbury and Emirates Stadium. I would like to say thank you to everyone at Arsenal for all of their support and friendship. I also want to send a big thank you to all the Arsenal supporters, who have always been so good to me.”

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  • Gavin

    I think we will regret this move, I know Clichy has been poor for a while but a change of scene with a different manager and tactics might be the kickstart he needs.

    As for us we are going back to a injury prone 21 year old, which means Wenger can keep giving us a speech about his young team maturing.

  • Savage

    Let’s be honest here. Write down your team sheet in order of priority. I’m sorry, but Clichy will barely register in the top 5 for any submissions. It’s a loss, but of all the first team players we could lose, he was the easiest candidate.

  • don

    He’s been a poor defender for 3 years with two many lapses of concentration that have lead to goals.Is he better than Baines and Enrique?No fucking way

  • wags

    Wenger said he would be busy in the transfer market, what e didnt say was he would be selling any1 half decent, to pay for his and the boards retirement island just off the Seychelles, wer they will all light up ther big cigars sippin shampers and have a right old laugh at tits like us, who wer taken in by the crap they spout year in year out.Am i the only 1 whos completely fecked off with the stagnant nature of this club and the buzz of inactivity in fixing the frigin problems that we have.

  • Angelo1971

    If we go on like that we will be relegated. Wild? No fucking way. Clichy was not the best, but Gibbs is worse and who will be his cover? A 16 year old kid? Fabregas and Nasri will go. Rumours about Walcott to Chelsea. RVP was not happy about our competitiveness before selling anybody, but if everybody else worth goes what will happen? And we’ve got the 7 shit players anchored in the team. Wenger said Gervinho will be announced soon. 2-3 weeks later Lille said he hadn’t even done an offer. What the f.ck is going on. Wenger promised to be busy in the market? Stupid an.mal. You will get us relegated in the end.

  • ronnie

    wenger out

  • Angelo1971

    Man are you blind? Clichy alone would not be a disaster, but the combined exit of several star/better players will trigger a chain reaction (team meltdown/exodus), as Wenger is unable to make a proper/any signing, which makes even the rest of the players want to leave. Clichy’s gone, Fabregas and Nasri look certain to leave. There’s talk about Walcott, Arshavin and even van Persie (if Wenger fails to at least replace those, who leave with proven quality signings and that’s not likely at all, as we can see his impotence). Also the other clubs will further raise the price for us if everyone worthy leaves, because they know that otherwise we will fight to avoid relegation. Even teenagers will cost us 10+ mill. The players lost their confidence in Wenger last season. He should be sacked, as he will pulled the club with himself. Rebuilding our lost reputation will take a lot of time.

  • M.E.

    Masters in Procrastination:
    Peter Hill-DeadWood, Ivan “The Terrible” Gazidis and his men, Arsene W**k*r.

    2 more PhDs for Arsene in Permanent head Damage and Physical hearing Deficiency.

    100% gone
    – Clichy (as it has reported in earlier weeks)

    50/50
    – Cesc (after Barca completed the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Udinese and the sale of Bojan Krkic to Roma)
    – Nasri (ManC, ManU, Chelski and I would add AC Milan, Inter Milan and Real Madrid to the list of suitors – which will invite a bidding war and hopefully as the club has wanted IF Nasri would leave, he goes to an overseas club)

    Rumoured to leave (personally hope they will stay at the club)
    – Walcott (Chelski)
    – RvP (I would not discount ManC and Chelski again with Mancini and Villas-Boas looking to re-shape both clubs attacking options)
    – Arshavin (Galatasaray and a return to Zenit St. Petersburg. Maybe Chelski as well since they needed a playmaker)

    Arshavin’s contract runs till 2012.
    Walcott’s contract runs till 2013.
    RvP’s contract runs till 2014

    Would Gervinho bail himself out from coming to the club if he witnessed all these?

    Talks of either Leighton Baines (Everton), Jose Enrique (Newcastle) or Emilio Izaguirre (Celtic) joining the club as replacement for Clichy are premature. (We are really slow in that respect of signings in)

    No bids for either Gary Cahill (link-> http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2896/premier-league/2011/07/04/2560202/no-offers-for-arsenal-target-gary-cahill-claims-bolton-boss-owen)or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (link-> http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2897/championship/2011/07/02/2557107/southampton-boss-nigel-adkins-no-bids-yet-for-alex-oxlade)as yet.

    Inter Milan has bid and reached agreement for Ricky Alvarez. Link -> http://www.goal.com/en/news/11/transfer-zone/2011/07/03/2558510/inter-reach-agreement-with-velez-sarsfield-for-ricardo

    Headline: Arsene Wenger promises to ‘do everything’ to keep Samir Nasri at Arsenal. Link ->http://www.goal.com/en-gb/news/2896/premier-league/2011/07/02/2557803/arsene-wenger-promises-to-do-everything-to-keep-samir-nasri

    {I say to Arsene and Ivan Gazidis, if you and the club have REALLY wished to keep Nasri at the very beginning, you WOULD NOT have waited for his contract to run down with ONLY a YEAR REMAINING!! And could have re-negotiated his contract in 2009 or 2010, NOT 2011!! Hypocrites !!)

    To ALL Arsenal fans/supporters, if you are exasperated on the lack of signings, DON’T !! DO NOT PANIC !! Because Arsene has reassured us that “to expect transfer activity to pick up at the end of July” (link -> http://www.goal.com/en/news/11/transfer-zone/2011/06/30/2554737/arsene-wenger-tells-arsenal-fans-to-expect-transfer-activity) and he is a man of his word. (We shall see)

  • M.E.

    Quoted from press.

    1) Reluctant Wenger puts £25m price tag on Nasri.
    Link -> http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/transfers/reluctant-wenger-puts-16325m-price-tag-on-nasri-2307031.html

    – United lead the chase for Nasri, 24, who has one year remaining on his contract with Arsenal and has rejected the club’s offer of a new five-year deal worth £90,000 a week.
    – Manchester City and Chelsea are paying close attention to developments and may enter the bidding should other potential deals fall through. Milan and Internazionale have also expressed interest in Nasri, who scored 15 goals last season.
    – Wenger is especially keen to keep Nasri as he accepts he will be unable to prevent Cesc Fabregas leaving for Barcelona, as long as the two clubs can agree a fee.
    – It is understood Wenger is not looking to sign a left-back as a replacement but is considering asking Thomas Vermaelen to move across from centre half. Instead Wenger is looking at signing two centre halves, and is inching towards a move for Bolton Wanderers’ England international Gary Cahill.

    2) Mark Fleming: Arsenal’s prudence is laudable but out of step.
    Link -> http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/news-and-comment/mark-fleming-arsenals-prudence-is-laudable-but-out-of-step-2307030.html

    – Robin van Persie said in 2008 that Arsenal must introduce changes to their wage structure or else face losing their best players to rival clubs who are willing to pay much higher salaries.
    – Three years on, and nothing much has changed. The situation concerning Samir Nasri, who has a year left on his contract and knows he can earn significantly more elsewhere, is not a new one for Arsène Wenger, and in the past the result has always been the same – the Arsenal board sticks to its guns and the player moves on.
    – Chief executive Ivan Gazidis has overseen increased spending on wages, but the priority has been to reward squad players rather than focus on the elite. As a result, Arsenal pay competitive wages to players such as Nicklas Bendtner and Tomas Rosicky; however, they still recoil at paying anything over £90,000 a week, which inevitably leaves them vulnerable to clubs who are willing to pay much higher salaries to their best players.

    The above are articles from the press and you may form your own opinions and perspectives after reading.

    On a side note, guys living in UK, any truth in a report regarding that of “Alex Song faces up to two years in prison following a late-night bar brawl.” ??
    Link -> http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/view/199331/Arsenal-star-Alex-Song-in-jail-fear/

  • Angelo1971

    The Daily Star and The Sun are not the most reliable sources of information, but you can read about Song on Cameroononline.org and a lot of other places, too. When you say it cannot be any worse life f.cks you even more. I think this piece of news is true. We will see what the court say, but his reputation is down due to his stupid behaviour (Eto’o incident). Being an Arsenal supporter is becoming a nightmare. Where will this all stop? Add a few more Chamakhs (I like him, but he’s not good enough at the moment to be starter; he’s a week character) to the rubbish fringe players, who cannot and/or do not want to play (they might not be sold as they are expensive crap) and we cannot even talk about a mid-table position, but relegation. Wenger please f.ck off. You’ve demolished everything you built. What’s even more apalling is that we have an.mals, who even now praise Wenger as god [http://www.onlinegooner.com/article.php?section=exclusive&id=2354]. I think they would not even notice if we were relegated, because once he was great, before his stupid youth project took place. For the first 3 years after the move to Emirates it was justifiable, but not after that. By the way for top work you should give competitive salary. No excuse as even Manure are full of debt and they can balance it out. The owners of Pool are not big spenders usually, but they understood the sign of times. If you fail you will be hit by a lorry. Why can’t we? By the way only communists tended to use this kind of salary system. Wenger wants to save a few mill and we will lose 10’s of millions losing out on the champions league spot. Petty bast.rd.

  • Angelo1971
  • ole

    The fact that clichy has left is really good for arsenal. We have now strenghten our defence alot already. Clichy is not a good defender, he is a half decent left winger. Hope Nasri is sold abroad and Cesc, well I have hoped for his departure for years, but we need more than 32mill 41 should be Ok. Though if Nasri joins utd, wenger has got to go.

  • doc

    [quote name=M.E.]Masters in Procrastination:
    Peter Hill-DeadWood, Ivan “The Terrible” Gazidis and his men, Arsene W**k*r.
    {I say to Arsene and Ivan Gazidis, if you and the club have REALLY wished to keep Nasri at the very beginning, you WOULD NOT have waited for his contract to run down with ONLY a YEAR REMAINING!! And could have re-negotiated his contract in 2009 or 2010, NOT 2011!! Hypocrites !!)

    To ALL Arsenal fans/supporters, if you are exasperated on the lack of signings, DON’T !! DO NOT PANIC !! Because Arsene has reassured us that “to expect transfer activity to pick up at the end of July” (link -> http://www.goal.com/en/news/11/transfer-zone/2011/06/30/2554737/arsene-wenger-tells-arsenal-fans-to-expect-transfer-activity) and he is a man of his word. (We shall see)[/quote]One hear these arguments and wonder whether their sole purpose is to make mischief. If you look at the timeline at 2 years into Nasri’s contract his real quality and value were unknown- having suffered a fracture in pre-season. The first half of last season once he showed his worth, efforts to extend his contract were initiated. If I got that right, where is the procrastination?

  • Angelo1971
  • M.E.

    [quote name=doc][quote name=M.E.]Masters in Procrastination:
    Peter Hill-DeadWood, Ivan “The Terrible” Gazidis and his men, Arsene W**k*r.
    {I say to Arsene and Ivan Gazidis, if you and the club have REALLY wished to keep Nasri at the very beginning, you WOULD NOT have waited for his contract to run down with ONLY a YEAR REMAINING!! And could have re-negotiated his contract in 2009 or 2010, NOT 2011!! Hypocrites !!)

    To ALL Arsenal fans/supporters, if you are exasperated on the lack of signings, DON’T !! DO NOT PANIC !! Because Arsene has reassured us that “to expect transfer activity to pick up at the end of July” (link -> http://www.goal.com/en/news/11/transfer-zone/2011/06/30/2554737/arsene-wenger-tells-arsenal-fans-to-expect-transfer-activity) and he is a man of his word. (We shall see)[/quote]One hear these arguments and wonder whether their sole purpose is to make mischief. If you look at the timeline at 2 years into Nasri’s contract his real quality and value were unknown- having suffered a fracture in pre-season. The first half of last season once he showed his worth, efforts to extend his contract were initiated. If I got that right, where is the procrastination?[/quote]
    I will refer you to the timeline of contract extensions in year 2009 and 2010, in particular case reference for both Wilshere’s and Ramsey’s contract as a direct comparison with Nasri’s contract:

    Year 2009
    1 July 2009: Midfielder Aaron Ramsey signs a new “long-term” contract with Arsenal.
    2 July 2009: Midfielder Jack Wilshere signs a new “long-term” contract with Arsenal.
    21 July 2009: Midfielder Samir Nasri fractures his right fibula during a training session. He is expected to miss the next two to three months while recovering.

    Year 2010
    27 February 2010: Midfielder Aaron Ramsey sustains fractures to his right tibia and fibula in a tackle by Ryan Shawcross in Arsenal’s 3–1 win over Stoke City. The following day, Arsenal confirm Ramsey has undergone surgery, and will certainly miss the rest of the season.
    1 June 2010: Midfielder Aaron Ramsey signs a new “long-term” deal with Arsenal.
    1 November 2010: Midfielder Jack Wilshere signs a new “long-term” deal with Arsenal.

    The full timeline list @ 2 links from wiki:

    Link1 -> 2009–10 Arsenal F.C. season (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009%E2%80%9310_Arsenal_F.C._season)
    Link2 -> 2010–11 Arsenal F.C. season (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2010%E2%80%9311_Arsenal_F.C._season)

    Within 2 years, both Wilshere and Ramsey signed 2 contract extensions. Ramsey also has an injury-plague season in 2010. Whereas elsewhere, nothing mentioned on Nasri (& Clichy as a matter of fact). Are we looking at irregularities here OR a hindsight by both Arsene and Ivan Gazidis on contract extensions negotiations? Does the club HAD NOT WANT the extend Nasri contract RIGHT From start?

    If there had been some sort of indication that in 2009 or 2010 that the club has intention to extend the Nasri contract, and Nasri himself and his agent HAD REFUSED earlier (in 2009 and 2010) to accept the terms of new contract, the club could then have exercise their right to put the player on sale (since player had no wish to stay beyond his current contract) and invoke a bidding war. Not wait (Inaction from the management) until coming towards the last year of player’s contract and try to sort out a new one again (they did not learn from the Flamini case)

    The question is why has does both Nasri and Clichy’s contracts got to drag to their last year before any efforts to renegotiate their contracts? If they were given the option to extend earlier and the players were adamant in NOT extending their contracts with the club, then the bargaining side will be from the club’s point of view (e.g. put both players on sale in which they would have fetch a higher signing fee because they still have 2 or more years remaining etc)
    Now it is like the case of fire-fighting in last ditch effort to put out flames.

  • oz gunner

    i think some people need to relax a little. Do you not see its the media winding up the supporters talking about an arsenal exodus. Anywhere in the articles is there quotes from arshavin, walcott, or RVP about leaving or anything of the sorts. A level head is required here. Yes arsene is stubborn and should of signed players sooner, but players will be signed. Who have the others signed? liverpool=a poor mans wilshere for an enormous price. Man united= a promising defender, for the future not now (he won’t start over smalling, vidic, or rio). An overrated winger who is a for mans walcott, and an inexperienced keeper that is along way off VDS. Chelsea= a manager. Man city= clichy, who will probably only be a squad player for them.

    Its not all doom and gloom people, we have gervinho coming in, lansbury, frimpong and ryo (hopefully he gets his permit) knocking at the door. Not to mention whoever else wegner signs.

    TV5 can be pushed to the left (played there for Ajax), and buy a couple of CBs. This will help our set piece defending problem as another bigger body is in there defending.