Clichy no longer in awe
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gael Clichy admits he has had to learn not to put his Arsenal team-mates on a pedestal.Gael Clichy admits he has had to learn not to put his Arsenal team-mates on a pedestal.
The French teenager has broken into the first-team set-up during the past 12 months and has featured regularly in recent weeks.
But the full back concedes it was an overwhelming experience when he was initially included in Arsene Wenger's plans.
Clichy acknowledges he was in awe of the likes of Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira and it has taken time for him to become accustomed to playing alongside his compatriots.
"I have spoken a lot with Patrick Vieira and Kolo Toure," Clichy told Le Parisien. "And they have allowed me to become aware of my qualities and my potential.
"I have understood that I had to stop placing the big players around me on a pedestal.
"It was necessary for me to regard them more as fellow team-mates, pals."
Though Clichy has figured more prominently in the past month, he acknowledges it has been frustrating playing second fiddle to Ashley Cole.
He added: "Of course I would like to play more but it is difficult with the Arsenal team.
"It is frustrating sometimes but I know there are stronger players in front of me and I have to wait for my chance."