Amidst the speculation surrounding Emmanuel Adebayor and Alexander Hleb’s Arsenal future, Gooners have received some very positive news regarding one of their players.
Sky Sports report that Gael Clichy, the Gunners’ wonderful left-back, has signed a new contract at the club, keeping him at the Emirates until 2012. He was Arsenal’s outstanding performer last season, illustrating that he’s hard for wingers to beat and also supports the team’s attacks very well. If Arsene Wenger wanted to show potential signings the satisfaction that can be gleaned from playing for Arsenal, he could do worse than show them Clichy’s comments below.
“In my head it was always clear: I wanted to stay at Arsenal so I did not have to look any further or to wonder who wanted me.
“It happened fairly quickly, at the end of the season I told them what I wanted, they were in agreement and the coach supported me.
“I gave them a guarantee of confidence. I am super happy. I hope that we can continue like this for another few years.
“It is just an extension of two years, so it binds me to the club for four years, so if I go to the end of my contract, it will be eight years that I will be at Arsenal.
“If everything goes well, I hope I can fulfil my contract. Once again, I really think that we can do great things with this team.
“That’s why I wanted to stay there in order to help my club to move forward and start winning trophies this year.”
What a thoroughly nice chap Mr Clichy is. No hint of discontent at what he’s being paid and looking forward to staying for the long haul. Let’s hope that the team are stronger than last year, showing the likes of Flamini, Hleb and Adebayor what they are missing, if indeed the latter pair scarper to Barcelona in the summer like the ship rats that they are.