Clichy out to prove point
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gael Clichy aims to prove that he is the long-term replacement for Ashley Cole.
Gael Clichy aims to prove to Arsene Wenger that he is the long-term replacement for Ashley Cole.
Clichy has become a regular fixture in the Arsenal backline this season, filling the void left by Cole's acrimonious summer transfer to Chelsea.
The 21-year-old is determined to maintain the impressive form he has shown so far and negate the need for Wenger to enter the transfer market.
"I have to keep working hard in training because I know how quickly things can change in football," he said.
"Maybe tomorrow there will be some new left-back and Arsenal may want to sign him - so I am working hard to make sure that the boss does not feel he needs to go out and buy someone else in the summer."
The Frenchman has relished his promotion from Cole's understudy.
Clichy added on Arsenal's official website: "My first two seasons here were good, but Ashley was there so I was on the bench a lot. Then last season was difficult for me with all the injuries.
"But now I am just enjoying the time I get to play on the pitch."