I think looking back at the Gallas-Cole deal, we have done the best bit of business. Gallas cost us -5mil pounds and now we have Clichy, who based on his performance yesterday, could now be said to be on the same level as the best leftbacks in the league. He was sound defensively and the number of runs he made in the first half could have been more than the entire Fulham team.
Clichy is always calm under pressure. He seldoms clears the ball high into the air, instead holding onto it, and looking for a pass or to dribble round his marker, even when he is near his own penalty area.
Clichy was criticised the last few seasons, for his poor crossing. He always manages to get into good positions but he wastes his crosses. Now, we can see he has improved tremendously and even Wenger said so.
As for Cole, no doubt he is first choice at Chelsea, but after a season and a half there, he is not as worshipped as he was at Highbury before the tapping up. I read at a Chelsea website, that they thought they had the best bit of business in the summer of 2006, but now they realised, Arsenal haven’t felt the loss of their star leftback, and instead gained a new leader in William Gallas.
Cole has tremendous pace, as does Clichy, and his style is suited to Arsenal’s style. The partnership of Cole-Pires-Henry on the left, was the best in the country. When Pires left, it was weakened and that was consolidated by the fact Henry lost form. That dynamic teamwork may have gone for now, but on the basis of the game against Fulham, it wouldn’t surprise me if by the end of the season, we would be seeing Clichy-Rosicky-Eduardo do something similar. Between the three of them, they set up 2 goals and scored 1.
Clichy is 22 while Cole is 25. Both have good futures ahead of them but it will be difficult not to see Clichy becoming as good or even better than Cole someday.
Reported by Sp1r0r
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