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Gaël Clichy

Gaël Clichy (; born 26 July 1985 in Toulouse, France) is a French association football who currently plays as a Defender (association football) Wingback for Premier League club Arsenal F.C. and the France national football team. Clichy is the only member of Arsenal's famous 2003–04 Arsenal F.C. season team that is still at the club.

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Gaël Clichy biography


Gaël Clichy (; born 26 July 1985 in Toulouse, France) is a French association football who currently plays as a Defender (association football) Wingback for Premier League club Arsenal F.C. and the France national football team. Clichy is the only member of Arsenal's famous 2003–04 Arsenal F.C. season team that is still at the club.

Biography

Early life

Clichy grew up in the city of Toulouse, France. In Gaël Clichy early years, after climbing over a metal fence, a ring (jewellery) Gaël Clichy was wearing got caught and tore Gaël Clichy finger off. Gaël Clichy had a seven-hour operation to sew it back on, but during the operation, Gaël Clichy heart stopped beating due to a problem with Gaël Clichy lungs. It restarted after 15 seconds. Doctors described Clichy's survival as "a miracle". Gaël Clichy mother had the resources to help Gaël Clichy recover after years of experience in medical school as a nurse.

Club career

When AS Cannes were relegated to the Championnat National, Arsène Wenger persuaded Clichy's parents to let Gaël Clichy join Arsenal F.C..

Arsenal

After first-choice left back Ashley Cole suffered a fractured foot in October 2005, it seemed that Clichy would earn some valuable first-team action during Cole's time out. Despite rumours that Clichy could make a strong case for continual first-team action, Gaël Clichy suffered the same injury as Cole just a month later. Clichy returned to first team action on 25 April 2006 in a UEFA Champions League semi-final against Villarreal CF, coming on as a substitute for the injured Mathieu Flamini, but later suffered a re-occurrence of Gaël Clichy injury and missed the 2006 UEFA Champions League Final, sitting on the bench for the whole match. Gaël Clichy did not return to the first team until 14 October 2006, by which time Cole had left for Chelsea F.C., becoming the Gunners first-choice left back in the process.

In three seasons as Cole's understudy, Clichy made a total of 39 league appearances for Arsenal and 62 overall. In the 2007–08 season, Clichy made 27 league appearances and was selected as the left back in the PFA Team of the Year. Gaël Clichy was rewarded for Gaël Clichy fine form on 20 June 2008 when Gaël Clichy signed a new long-term contract. Gaël Clichy came in second in the Arsenal fans' poll for Player of the Season. Gaël Clichy captained Arsenal for the first time against Barnet F.C. in Arsenal's first pre-season game of 2008–09. Clichy scored Gaël Clichy first goal for Arsenal on 1 November 2008, with a late goal against Stoke City F.C., as Arsenal went down 2–1. After being sidelined for several weeks, it was announced in early May that Clichy would miss the remainder of the 2008–09 season due to a back injury. . Gaël Clichy provided a total of seven assists in the 2009-10 season. Gaël Clichy scored Gaël Clichy second goal for Arsenal in a 5-0 win over Leyton Orient in the FA Cup on 2 March 2011, a game in which Nicklas Bendtner scored a hatrick.

International career

In 2007, Gaël Clichy was called up for the France national football team. Gaël Clichy was called up again in January 2008, for the French game against Spain national football team, and 5 February 2008, Gaël Clichy was called in a B-squad friendly against the Congo DR national football team.

Clichy made Gaël Clichy senior international debut for France on 10 September 2008 in their 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 7 against Serbia national football team and made the World Cup squad despite having not been capped since that qualifier. With the departure of Raymond Domenech, Gaël Clichy has secured a more regular place in the team when captain Patrice Evra was banned by the French Football Federation for five matches for Gaël Clichy supposed involvement in the players' strike that resulted in the team skipping training for a day.

Arsenal career statistics

- Includes FA community Shield

Honours

Arsenal F.C.

Winner
- FA Premier League: 2003–04 FA Premier League
- FA Cup: 2005 FA Cup Final
- FA Community Shield: 2004 FA Community Shield

Runner-up
- UEFA Champions League: 2006 UEFA Champions League Final
- FA Premier League: 2004-05
- Football League Cup: 2010-11 Football League Cup

Individual

- Member of PFA Team of the Year: 2007–08

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaël_Clichy

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