Gael Clichy: I left Arsenal to win trophies

July 17, 2011
By: Frank Beresford

Manchester City’s new acquisition Gael Clichy has revealed his reasons for leaving Arsenal this summer.

During the past six years Arsenal have constantly been challenging for honours but would somehow always end up missing out on the trophy in the end.

Gael Clichy reveals that the long trophy drought was the main reason for leaving Arsenal at the start of the transfer window.

“After spending eight years with Arsenal it would have been easy to sign a new contract to stay there because they are a fantastic club that will always be challenging for trophies,” Clichy told The Mirror.

“But it got to a point for me where I didn’t just want to challenge for the titles only to be disappointed in the final weeks of the season. I wanted to play for a club that would win them.

“This isn’t meant as a criticism of Arsenal but I joined City because I felt that this was a club ready to win important trophies over the next few years.

“People might question how I can leave Arsenal for Manchester City but look at last season. At Arsenal we were challenging for all four trophies at one point.

“We were fighting for the league, in the knock-out stages of the Champions League, the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and the final of the Carling Cup.

“But in the end we finished fourth and without a trophy. City came third and won the FA Cup. So I am joining a club that are winning trophies. I don’t feel I have joined a club that is inferior to Arsenal.”

The Frenchman’s new club are third favourites for the Premiership title next season as they are 5.00 (4/1) with Paddy Power to lift to coveted trophy as opposed to 10.00 (9/1), which is the price on Arsenal provided by Sportingbet.

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