The Daily Mail appears to have forgotten about Emirates Stadium’s England international.
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Arsenal eye Celtic’s Izaguirre as potential replacement for Clichy as contract talks stall
Gael Clichy’s future with Arsenal is in doubt as fears grow that the defender will not sign a new contract.
Clichy’s deal expires at the end of next season and if an agreement cannot be reached by the summer Arsenal will consider selling Clichy rather than risk losing him for nothing.
Talks are ongoing, but that has not stopped the Gunners initiating a contingency plan with Celtic’s Emilio Izaguirre, 24, among potential targets.
Contract showdown: Arsenal would rather cash in on Clichy than let him leave for free
Meanwhile, Lincoln City’s on-loan Arsenal defender Gavin Hoyte, 20, has been ruled out for six months with knee-ligament damage.
SOURCE: Daily Mail
So the Daily Mail think that Arsene Wenger is looking to replace Gael Clichy and yet they make no reference to England international Kieran Gibbs, who is clearly the man tasked with replacing the French international if indeed he does choose to leave the Emirates.
That isn’t to say that £10m rated Emilio Izaguirre doesn’t look a good prospect but it is in some ways hard to judge a players worth from such a short stint, after all up until last summer the 24 year old’s only experience came from seven years in Honduras. That said the full back has shone at Parkhead this season and like fellow summer signing Biram Kayal, is getting a lot of press lately but Neil Lennon will not be looking to sell.
As for Arsenal it seems that Wenger has more pressing areas of the pitch to invest in. A new keeper appears to be high up on his wish-list with Manuel Almunia set to leave and Vito Mannone apparently likely to make a Gunners exit. Lukasz Fabianski a long term injury doubt and youngster Wojciech Szczesny maybe too raw to be a first choice goalie.
A new centre back is also high up on the list of priorities so a move to bring in another left back seems a less pressing matter.