Former Gunner Gael Clichy says it was the lack of squad depth that cost Arsenal the chance of silverware last season.
Speaking to Manchester City’s official site, Clichy spoke about his final season at the Emirates, saying, “It started well, just like the team, but then it just collapsed at the end of the season after the cup final”.
And he attributes the failure to lack of competition for places and an inability to cope with key absences. “That’s why you can see the importance of having a big squad because we had a few players who were out. And of course it’s difficult for a team to cope without Robin van Persie and Cesc Fabregas at the same time.
“You know, sometimes it’s difficult to have a lot of players, because the competition is hard, but as a team you need a big squad to go all the way, and that’s why I joined City”.
Clichy becomes City’s fourth left back, along with Wayne Bridge, Aleksandar Kolarov and Jerome Boateng, although Bridge and Boateng have been linked with moves away from Manchester this summer.
Meanwhile, Newcastle manager Alan Pardew says it will be difficult to keep Jose Enrique if Arsenal step up their interest in the Spaniard. Speaking to the BBC he said, “There’ll be a lot of speculation about who will replace Clichy and the knock on effect. It’s not helped our cause.
We’re trying to persuade him to stay, but as he’s got a year to run on his contract and has a desire to play Champions League football, at his age it means it’ll be difficult to keep him”.