Unlike some of the departures this summer, Gael Clichy’s move from Arsenal to Manchester City was greeted with tacit acceptance, a pat on the back and warm wishes for the future.
A Gunner for eight years, a title-winner, an ‘Invincible’, a consistent presence in the left-back position and a loyal advocate of Arsene Wenger’s playing philosophy, Clichy was everything you could want from a professional.
While his right-foot was more chocolatey than a Cadburys factory and his crossing absolutely abject, he did set up Van Persie for the equaliser against Barcelona on a night which we’ll cherish forever.
Reflecting on his time at Arsenal ahead of a potential return to the Emirates with Manchester City’s Carling Cup team, Clichy told the Independent, “I really hope the fans have memories of me as a player who always gave 100 per cent. I think they’ll be more sad at losing Fabregas than Clichy.
“I always said they will be near the top at the end of the season. They had everything against them at the start of the season – red cards, injuries, own goals.”
Granted he may have said some slightly off-beat stuff about Arsenal in his initial pandering to City’s supporters, but Gael will always be an Arsenal man.
Arseblog News will be giving him a round of applause this evening if he happens to play.