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Who’s The Best Left Back Option For Arsenal Next Year?

After reading the football news and seeing another rumour linking a left back to Arsenal, here is a look at who would best fit the bill at the Emirates.

Leighton Baines (Everton)

Well, a decent defensive left back that would in some ways ease the pressure on centerbacks Kosciely and partner with the defence. Although he still doesn’t bring the attacking threat of current left wing back Gael Clichy, he will bring something new to the Arsenal free kicks, being a deadball specialist. Everton aren’t the richest club around these days, so don’t be surprised if this move comes on the cheap for the Gunners.

Player Rating: 4/5

Taye Taiwo (Marseille)

Another brilliant player with the dead ball, but with more power and aggression to his shot. His defending is fair to be said as secure, although his attacking player lets him down. Taiwo is also relatively inconsistent, although his versatility and ability to play at centerback will give him bonus marks in helping his potential move to the Emirates stadium.

Player Rating: 3.5/5

Gael Clichy (Arsenal)

As the saying goes, why fix something that isn’t broken? In my opinion, Arsenal should go ahead and up their offer to Clichy to meet his wage demands to keep him at Arsenal. After all, he is at the peak of his career and it would be a waste to see him go away (And for free!)

Player Rating 4/5

Submitted by Two Liverpool Fans



  1. Nick TG

    April 5, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Keep Clichy – get him to sign contract extension – after a year or 2 sell him and Gibbs replaces him. Crazy talk of buying a LB when we have loads of decent one’s in squad. We should be looking at GK,CB and DM! Imagine this Arsenal team with Buffon (almunia sold,fabianski loaned and Mannone and Szezny fight for bench), a new CB (eg Cahill, Hummels or Mertersaker (to fight for 1st team place – sell Squillaci and loan Bartley for 1 more year (then he can play 1st team; and DM cover – fact Song is our only DM in squad – sell Denilson (keep Diaby as a squad player) but buy a big English or African player to cover song and sometimes even play alongside him when we are winning and want to kill game (eg: Etuhu,Tiote, Diarra, Kehl….)

  2. kisekka

    April 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Before u buy new players, we have to off load all the crups in the team. the likes of abuor, the bentner, denlison siccilus, alumunia.

  3. Goonerbeall

    April 5, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Sell Now. Clichy has not quite been a total success. Always poor n concentrating on task at hand and also put pressure on CB alongside him. Gibbs is a crock and appear to get injured in sleep. Selling is the best we can do I’m affraid.

    Recruiting Baines would be a heel of a business for several reasons. One being that he is English and the other his deadball speciality. What do we really get from Clichy appart from stupid tackles in dangerous areas which benefit Opponents? Zilch!

  4. Arsenal follower in Kenya

    April 5, 2011 at 2:20 pm

    I think there is no need to sell Clichy.He has a wealth of experience.Arsenal is a decent club,let the board up his wages and we maintain some the current squad.We can only buy to increase competition for places and i believe this will put some of our underachieving players on their toes.Arsenal follower

  5. realistic tony

    April 5, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    sell clichy without hesitation.
    He is a good player going forward, but defensively he is sometimes a real liabilty. Leighton baines is a good tough quick defender and british. (not that theres anything wrong with foreign…its just a defensive style thing for me)

  6. Samir Bergkamp

    April 5, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    no question here, keep clichy, the guys been quality for us (bar like 6months after the whole gallas crying thing) and hes coming to the peak of his career bring vertonghen as cover for lb/cb/dm, done, simples

  7. Rosdan

    April 5, 2011 at 5:49 pm

    Even Wenger sell Clichy, I dont think he will buy a new one, he still got Traore and Botelho, with his philosophy, I dun think he will buy. But if you ask me who I want to buy, it’s Fabio Coentrao, Benfica left back, same quality as Bale, and he’s 22

  8. Kayode Adeyemi

    April 5, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    It willl be foolish to sell Clichy at this stage. While Clichy makes mistakes, who doesn’t? Gibbs is not ready and cannot reach where Clichy is now till another 3 years. Clichy has genuine pace and could be used as a winger while playing Barcelona next season when hopefully Vermaelen should have come back. Clichy should be kept and his contract enhanced.

  9. Dave Walsh

    April 5, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Heres a solid team for next season. buffon sagna cahill vermaalin gibbs nasri melo wilshere walcott van persie chamakh

  10. Humphrey

    April 5, 2011 at 6:45 pm

    I don’t think Clichy should be sold. He has to stay (his wealth of experience matters a lot). Also, Baines should be added to squad to increase competition for first team football. Cahill, Hangeland, Mertecsacker, Hazard, Gotze, Young, Adam and Sketeleburg from Bolton, Fulham, Bremen, Lille, Dortmund, Aston Villa, Blackpool and Ajax respectively should also be recruited to give balance to the team.

  11. I don't like Dave

    April 5, 2011 at 8:12 pm

    #9’s idea of a solid team is ridiculous as gibbs, cahill, melo, wilshere and walcott are all not good enough. Gibbs was turned inside out during the United match and proved once again that he cannot defend, just like clichy. The hype around Wilshere is insane. Yes he is a good player, but he, as Guardiola said, is as good as any reserve barcelona player i.e. Thiago. He has a lot more to prove to be considered a great player. Clichy needs to be sold and a LB who knows how to defend must be brought in. Consider Sagna, not that great going forward as half of his crosses hit the first man, but he gets the job done in defense and moves it forward to the more attacking players. We need an equivalent of this on the left

  12. wolf

    April 6, 2011 at 7:06 am

    the way i see it is we should sell him cause everytime we pay in europe he is always the one that gets attacked the most.

  13. Lugano

    April 6, 2011 at 11:48 am

    we need change in our team. sell and buy good players who will bring silverware at the Emirates……

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