CLICHY SAYS CITY COULD FACE A STRONGER CHALLENGE THIS SEASON

The new English Premier League season is well underway and even though it's only one matchday that has been exhausted, the fixtures of the opening day did not disappoint in terms of meeting the expectations of fans worldwide. There were thrilling matches across the different venues in the country and there were a lot of goals scored as well.

However, a certain fixture which attracted the attention of a lot of people failed to produce more than a goal as current Champions Manchester City fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday, thanks to a Heung-Min Son's brilliant effort from outside the box.

CLICHY: CITY COULD CONTINUE PREMIER LEAGUE DOMINANCE

Manchester City could be gradually entering into an era where they would become a dominating force in the English Premier League, according to the club's former player, Gael Clichy. The former player has revealed that if things continue to be how they are, then Pep Guardiola could be preparing Manchester City for a couple of years of bossing the rest of the clubs in the league city have, in the past, made it clear that they are not in the league to joke and are ready to spend huge sums of money if they need to, in order to acquire all the players they need to challenge for titles.

CLICHY: FRENCH NATIONAL TEAM CAREER REVEALED

Experienced French left-back Gael Clichy started his national team career with France in the youth team. He earned caps at every level in the colours of the French national team starting with the u-15s.

Gael Clichy was a late addition to the u-15 team under the guidance of coach Luc Rabat. He played for the team for the first time on March 13, 2001 in a 3-0 win over Italy in a friendly game. He was with the u-15s for the Montaigu Tournament which was won by Gael Clichy and his teammates. He played three matches for the France u-15 team on the way to winning the tournament.

GAEL CLICHY:ARSENAL CAREER EXAMINED

Servette FC of Switzerland left-back Gael Clichy spent one season with the first team squad at Cannes in his native France before he left the club to sign for Arsenal in 2003. He spent almost a decade with the Gunners and it was the most productive spell of his career in terms of the years spent at a single club.

Apart from Cannes and Arsenal, Gael Clichy also played for clubs like Manchester City in the Premier League, Turkish Super League champions Istanbul Basaksehir and his present club Servette.

Legendary Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger played a big role in him signing for the Gunners in 2003. Gael Clichy was part of the Arsenal squad that went unbeaten throughout a single season. The Gunners didn't taste a single defeat as they won the title during that season.

GAEL CLICHY: NATIONAL TEAM CAREER REVEALED

Gael Clichy played for the French youth teams at all levels before featuring 20 times for the senior team over a five-year period. The ex-Arsenal and Istanbul Basaksehir left-back didn't enjoy the best of times at senior level on the international football scene as he was always overlooked by the French national team managers.

Gael Clichy received several call-ups to the senior team in 2008 but he didn't make his debut for Les Blues until the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier with Serbia in September 2008. He was in the starting line-up for the Tunisia and Austria games in October 2008. The Tunisia game was an international friendly, while the game against Austria was a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

CLICHY REVEALS MYSTERY SCOTTISH OFFER

Servette defender Gael Clichy has revealed that he had an offer from an unnamed team in Scotland before opting to sign for Servette in the top flight of Swiss club football. Gael Clichy disclosed the offer from the unnamed Scottish club in a recent interview monitored by popular British newspaper Daily Record.

Gael Clichy also said that he received offers from clubs in England and Belgium. He went on to talk about his decision to sign for Swiss club Servette. The 35-year-old snubbed the offers from Belgium, England and Scotland in favour of Switzerland. Gael Clichy has signed for Servette in Geneva, Switzerland despite being vocal about the use of an astro turf pitch by two clubs. Ex-Arsenal and Manchester City left-back Clichy had earlier mentioned that he could have stayed with Istanbul Basaksehir and played Champions League football this season. He was part of the squad that won the Turkish Super League title at the club last season. Gael Clichy left Istanbul Basaksehir at the end of his contract shortly after he had won the Turkish title with the club.

GAEL CLICHY MAKES ARTETA AND ARSENE WENGER COMPARISONS

Former Arsenal defender Gael Clichy has insisted that the Gunners' current manager Mikel Arteta can be like the club's former and greatest manager Arsene Wenger but raised the question of whether the Gunners will be willing to stick with him and give him enough time.


Arteta is currently enduring a mixed season coaching Arsenal and has suffered more than he has enjoyed this season on the hot seat. His Arsenal side are currently struggling and remain in mid-table after their stalemate against London rivals Crystal Palace at the Emirates stadium.
However, Clichy believes that if Arteta could be given enough time, he will turn things around entirely and will be ready to compete for titles in the nearest future as long as he is given the backing.

CLICHY MAKES ARTETA & WENGER COMPARISONS

Former Arsenal defender Gael Clichy has insisted that the Gunners' current manager Mikel Arteta can be like the club's former and greatest manager Arsene Wenger but raised the question of whether the Gunners will be willing to stick with him and give him enough time.

Arteta is currently enduring a mixed season coaching Arsenal and has suffered more than he has enjoyed this season on the hot seat. His Arsenal side are currently struggling and remain in mid-table after their stalemate against London rivals Crystal Palace at the Emirates stadium.

WHY I LEFT ARSENAL - CLICHY

French defender Gael Clichy has disclosed the reason behind his exit from Arsenal almost a decade ago. Clichy broke into the Arsenal first team as a teenager and was part of the Gunners team that went through the Premier League season without a single defeat. The feat happened during the 2003/04 Premier League campaign as the Gunners won their third Premier League crown after the 1997/98 and 2001/02 title wins.

Clichy spent almost a decade at Arsenal before his exit from the club in 2011. He has given the reason for his departure in a chat withthe official podcast of Arsenal. He revealed why he made the decision to leave North London for Manchester City in the summer of 2011. According to the ex-France international, a change in philosophy at the club pushed him closer to the exit door. Gael Clichy said that Arsenal decided to shift their focus to British players.

ARSENAL SET TO LOSE OUT ON EUROPE AND MORE

Premier League side Arsenal had a long stretch of regular appearances in the Champions League under former coach Arsene Wenger. The Frenchman made a fad of always finishing in the Top Four even when the club experiment with youth didn’t win titles and things didn’t always go according to plan. Then with more competition in the league, Arsenal became a fixture in the Europa League.

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