Arsenal have announced the sale of left-back Gael Clichy to Manchester City.
The French international has signed a 4 year contract while City have paid Arsenal a fee believed to be around £7m. Clichy’s contract with Arsenal was due to expire next summer and the player broke off contract negotiations with the club earlier this year.
Clichy joined Arsenal from Cannes in 2003 and made a total of 264 appearances for the Gunners, scoring twice in his time at the club.
It remains to be seen if Wenger will replace Clichy via the transfer market or allow Kieran Gibbs the chance to make the position his own. Doubts remain over his injury record and Arsenal have been linked with Newcastle’s Jose Enrique, Everton’s Leighton Baines and Celtic’s Honduran international Emilio Izaguirre.
Arsene 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”, while Clichy told Arsenal.com, “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”.