Arsene Wenger confirmed today that he will not be signing a replacement for Gael Clichy and that he sees Kieran Gibbs as a ready made replacement.
When asked why he let Clichy go, Wenger said that “Kieran Gibbs at some time has to get a chance to play” and that “Gael only had one year left on his contract”.
Wenger has a lot of faith in Gibbs, adding “I rate very much highly Gael, but I rate as well hightly Kieran Gibbs. He is at an age now where he has to play”. Whilst some fans do not share Wenger’s faith and would like to see a replacement for Clichy signed, I am willing to trust Wenger’s judgement.
The left back position is one for which Wenger has a history of unearthing gems. After inheriting Winterburn as part of Arsenal’s best ever back four, Wenger has brought through the likes of Silvinho, Ashley Cole and Gael Clichy. Hopefully Gibbs will step up and make the left back position at Arsenal his own. I’d then like to see him take Cashley’s place in the England team!
See Wenger’s interview here
Discuss Kieran Gibb’s progress here
Discuss Gael Clichy’s transfer here