Clichy targets Monday triumph
Gael Clichy insists Arsenal would sacrifice their entertaining style if it meant beating Man Utd.
Last Updated: 12/12/10 1:03pm
Gael Clichy insists Arsenal would sacrifice their entertaining style if it meant beating Manchester United on Monday night.
The Gunners head to Old Trafford looking to remain top of the Premier League table after Manchester City drew level on points with a 3-1 win at West Ham United on Saturday.
But the omens do not bode well for Arsene Wenger's side, who have not won in United's backyard in four years.
But Clichy, who has recovered from a virus which kept him out of the UEFA Champions League win over Partizan Belgrade in midweek, is targeting three points from the televised encounter.
"We know that if we win this game we will go four points ahead of Manchester United," the full-back told Arsenal TV Online.
"We will try to win the game by playing well, but at the end of the day playing well and losing the game is not giving you anything.
"Okay, it gives you credit you are a good player and you play for a good side, but at the end of the day if you can be four points ahead of the second place, that is all that matters.
"We just want to win and make our fans proud. We have been training hard every day and will show them we are up for this game."
Clichy, 25, has been at Arsenal since 2003 and is the last remaining member of that season's 'Invincibles' playing squad, earning a championship medal after 12 appearances as Ashley Cole's understudy.
The France international maintains the current campaign has developed into the most challenging for all top-flight teams.
"This season in the Premier League it is totally different," Clichy said.
"A team in the bottom half of the table can take a major team like Chelsea, Arsenal or Manchester United.
"It is not like 10 years ago - players are stronger, better and faster with the ball.
"When you play for Arsenal, you want clean sheets every game, but we are not the only ones - Chelsea have been struggling and Manchester United have only conceded two goals less than us, so if we talk about Arsenal this way, then maybe we should look elsewhere."
Clichy, though, accepts the Gunners must maintain focus and have been guilty of switching off when in total control - just as they did against Tottenham to throw away a 2-0 lead.
"Sometimes it is better to be 1-0 up because everybody is more focused, but when the game becomes more easy at 2-0 maybe people are not doing the right movement or the right pass and minute after minute you can maybe drop the level," he said.