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ARSENAL SPECIAL: 10 Possible Clichy Replacements

Due to the constant speculation and rumors that Gael Clichy won’t renew his contract and will leave this summer, I decided to make this list of 10 Possible Clichy Replacements. These suggestions and possibilites are based on how heavily they’re linked …

Due to the constant speculation and rumors that Gael Clichy won’t renew his contract and will leave this summer, I decided to make this list of 10 Possible Clichy Replacements. These suggestions and possibilites are based on how heavily they’re linked to the Gunners and of course, their ability and quality.

1. Aly Cissokho- Age: 23-  Height: 5’11”- Nation: France- Club: Olympique Lyon


A powerful left back, known for his physical capabilities and his constant forward bombardments. Cissokho, is one of the most highly-rated fullbacks in world football, who first grabbed the eye with his memorable performances in the two-legged Second Round Champions League match against Manchester United while at Porto. He impressed against then Man U player and star, Cristiano Ronaldo, who was given a hard time by the French fullback. Cissokho is now a French international and is wanted by many clubs all over Europe, he’s a quality player, who attacks with venom as well as being more than a capable defender who can handle his own against the best. Cissokho is more than ready to play in the big leagues and his valuation in my opinion, is in excess of 12 million pounds.


2. Jose Enrique- Age: 25-  Height: 6’0″- Nation: Spain- Club: Newcastle


A reliable player, Jose Enrique is being touted to leave Newcastle this season and is interesting some of the best in the Premier League. Jose Enrique is known for his consistency, reliability, being a great crosser and an able defender who can defend stoutly. Jose Enrique is valued by his club at around 15 million pounds, which is inflated in my opinion, as his value is closer to 8-10 million pounds.



3. Leighton Baines- Age: 26-  Height: 5’6″- Nation: England- Club: Everton


Definitely the most popular target by many Gooners, Baines has become one of the best left backs in the league and was the best this season. Baines is known for his tremendous work ethic, consistency, reliability, being great in both ends; defensively and attack-wise, as well as possessing a tremendous left foot and a great crosser. He is now a regular England international Everton reportedly value him at 25 million pounds and are also known for being tough negotiators, but nonetheless he’s a quality left back and player.

4. Maynor Figueroa- Age: 28-  Height: 5’11”- Nation: Honduras- Club: Wigan Athletic


The player known for his 60-yard wonder goal vs Stoke, Maynor Figueroa, has long been admired by the top clubs for a long time, the Honduran is known for his solid defending, reliability, as well as possessing a superb left foot, displayed by his stunner against Stoke City. Figueroa is reportedly valued at 8 million pounds.

Link to a good video compilation of Figueroa’s talents:

Check out his beauty against Stoke:


5. Benoit Tremoulinas- Age: 25- Height: 5’8″- Nation: France- Club: Bordeaux


A very talented left back that is heavily touted to leave Bordeaux, Benoit Tremoulinas, is a gifted full back known for his work rate, consistency, being great at both ends of the field, pace and for his superb crossing which has given former teammate, Marouane Chamakh, a good amount of goals. Tremoulinas is a target for many top clubs around in Europe and is now a French international. In my opinion, it’ll take an offer in excess of 10 million pounds to persuade his club to let him go.

6. Emilio Izaguirre- Age: 25-  Height: 5’10”- Nation: Honduras- Club: Celtic


One of the best signings of the SPL this season, Emilio Izaguirre has made a huge impact with Celtic, and has endeared himself to the fans with his exciting attacking play and great performances. Izaguirre, is a player known for his tireless running and his constant forward bombardments. He’s a good crosser and is a threat going forward, he can sometimes be a liability in defence due to his constant forward forays, but overall he’s an exciting player who can play for a top club in a Europe. His transfer value is around 10 million pounds.


7. Pablo Armero- Age: 24-  Height: 5’8″- Nation: Colombia- Club: Udinese


A powerful wing back, known for his physicality, skill with the ball and his excellent runs forward. Pablo Armero, is an exciting player who has been excellent this season in the Serie A, and is one of the reasons for Udinese getting into the Champions League Qualifiers. Armero has been linked and is interesting some of the best clubs in Europe, can also play equally as well as a left winger. He would probably cost around 12-15 million pounds.


8. Federico Balzaretti- Age: 29- Height: 5’10”- Nation: Italy- Club: Palermo


The reliable and consistent Italian international, Federico Balzaretti, is touted to move on this summer and there will be a number of clubs interested. Balzaretti, is a player known for his constant bombardments going forwards and providing excellent crosses. He’s not only good attack wise, but does a good job defensively as well, and is a reliable and consistent player. He is valued in between 7-10 million pounds.

Here is a short video, but it mostly displays his attacking side:

From within the club-

9. Kieran Gibbs- Age: 21- Height: 5’11”- Nation: England


A player expected to be the future left back for both the Gunners and England, Kieran Gibbs, is considered as one of England’s brightest talents and is highly rated by many. Gibbs, certainly has the talent and potential to become an excellent full back, but he has suffered a lot with a spate of injuries which has slowed his progress down. Many Gooners don’t see him as a suitable replacement for Clichy, and is considered to be more of a winger than a fullback. I believe that Gibbs has the ability to play that role and become an excellent fullback, but he needs to get games and to stay fit. For now though, he’s not ready yet.

10. Thomas Vermaelen- Age: 25- Height: 5’11”- Nation: Belgium


A far-fetched option that is being suggested due to speculation of potential defensive deals. Vemaelen has played before as left back with his previous club, Ajax, and is a solid option. Vermaelen has the pace, the defensive ability, as well as possessing an excellent left foot.; Vermaelen has the ability to play as a left back. Despite that, I doubt that Wenger would utilize that option; Vermaelen is a quality central defender…. nothing less, nothing more.

What do you think? Are any of these targets good enough to replace Clichy or to be a Gunner? Is Gibbs ready to be a regular full back with the Gunners? Should Vermaelen be considered as an option? Please share your thoughts and opinions.

Cheers and take care,

Omar –




  1. Leon

    June 12, 2011 at 10:52 am

    Wenger does’nt spend any money remember ?

    • Omar

      June 12, 2011 at 11:17 am

      We’ve got to be patient, he has indicated that he will spend this summer and it looks like that he will (we offered a bid in excess of 16 million pounds for Phil Jones before Man U swooped in). If Clichy leaves, he’ll need to either spend on a quality left back or promote from within.

      Cheers and take care,


  2. adi

    June 12, 2011 at 11:06 am

    Yuri zhirkov from chelsea?

    • Omar

      June 12, 2011 at 11:14 am

      I highly doubt that Chelsea will sell him, especially to a rival. He’s an important squad player for them.

      Cheers and take care,


      • lewis

        June 12, 2011 at 11:26 am

        He is not that important of a squad player…he hardly ever plays

        • Omar Almasri

          June 12, 2011 at 11:01 pm

          That’s true, but he’s still a very useful player for Chelsea and I doubt they would sell to a rival, but it’s still a good suggestion.

          Cheers and take care,


  3. Arsene Wenger

    June 12, 2011 at 11:25 am

    *cough* Jan Vertonghen can play left back *cough* as well as being a brilliant centre back *cough* and would have a quality partnership with Vermaelen *cough*

    • Omar Almasri

      June 12, 2011 at 10:54 pm

      Vertongthen is another good option, but I heard that he’s closer to a move to Man City, which is why I didn’t include him.

      Still, good suggestion.

      Cheers and take care,


  4. bradley tyler

    June 12, 2011 at 11:27 am

    many gr8 options for a left bk i would like to c a left bk with as much height as possible, and i personally would like to c tv playing as that holding midfielder 2 me that would b his best position

  5. gummy

    June 12, 2011 at 11:29 am

    Pedro Botelho is already a bit better than everyone mentioned, cost is $0, maybe outside of Cissokho.

    • Omar Almasri

      June 12, 2011 at 10:51 pm

      Botelho is a talent, but from what I’ve seen and heard of him, is that he’s more than a left winger than a left back, but he’s certainly an option as well.

      Cheers, take care, and thanks for suggesting him,


  6. harsha

    June 12, 2011 at 11:30 am

    enrique coz he has experience in premier league n he is a proven talent…. gibbs is 2 young 2 take on dat role…. may b gibbs can b d back up….bt he is just not ready 2 b d left back… hope wenger learns from his mistakes…. arsenal need experience….

  7. rahul

    June 12, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    even michel bastos is a good option…..

  8. nobby

    June 12, 2011 at 12:29 pm

    What i can’t get , is why Cliche is being talked about in the £5m bracket and all these others , Half of which I haven’t heard of all range from £10-£25m. Surely you might as well make Cliche an offer he can’t refuse.

    • F

      June 12, 2011 at 1:22 pm

      Hes in the last year of his contract hence the low asking price. Just do the maths, if there is only one year of wages left to pay then you cant realistically ask for loads of money because you dont need that much to cover the cost of his wages.

      • Omar Almasri

        June 12, 2011 at 10:46 pm

        Well said and well explained, but I do think Clichy is worth a little more than that, despite him being in the final year of his contract, he should be worth around the 8-10 million pound range.

        Cheers you two and take care,


  9. F

    June 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    In reply to the actual post, I think we can rule out Cissokho (as much as I would love to have him at Arsenal) purely because he has said he doesnt want to leave the club.
    Enrique might be a realistic option and the price is right up Arsene’s alley. Baines would be a brilliant signing but I think Everton would need to drop their asking price by about 10m.
    Vermaelen should only be put at left back in an inury crisis, hes too valuable at centre back.
    I do think if gibbs can get over his injury issues he can be our #1 left back for 10+ years, I dont think we can really judge his defensive performances on what we have seen of him so far, injuries and youth have conspired against him but my gut tells me he has all the traits to be a regular for arsenal and england for many years.
    The most realistic signing on that list anyway is probably Henrique but I guess we will have to wait and see.

    • Omar Almasri

      June 12, 2011 at 10:41 pm

      You make good points, I do agree with you on Gibbs, he can become an excellent player, but needs game and stay fit…. injuries are hindering his progress, it’s sad to watch.

      I would love to see Baines as a Gunner, but yes, what they’re reportedly asking is over the top, but he still is a quality player, but not at that price.

      Cheers and take care,


  10. del

    June 12, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Cissokho look good so does Armero, Izaguirre and Balzaretti but he is 29. out them baines looks the best. But these are good options. if clichy want to go let him, his not that good, most of these are better than him.

  11. Dr Ezeukwu Emmanuel

    June 12, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Elderson Echiejile of Sporting Braga Arsenals Group Stage opponents in the just concluded Champions League.Fomerly starred for stad Rennes of France.Vemalene also.

  12. Davey

    June 13, 2011 at 10:31 pm

    Vermaelen at LB, Cahill and Djourou CB, Sagna RB


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