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Gael Clichy

Gael Clichy

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Defender
Gael Clichy
Born
26 July 1985, Toulouse, France
Joined City
04 July 2011
Gael Clichy

Honours:

  1. Premier League
    Premier League
    2003/04
  2. Premier League
    Premier League
    2011/12
  3. Capital One Cup
    Capital One Cup
    2014
  4. Premier League
    Premier League
    2013/14
  5. Capital One Cup
    Capital One Cup
    2016

One of the most consistent full-backs in the Premier League...

Gael left Arsenal to join the Club on 4 July 2011, following in the footsteps of former Gunners at City around that time, including Kolo Toure, Patrick Vieira and Emmanuel Adebayor .

 

The last remaining member of the Arsenal ‘Invincibles' squad that went through the 2003-04 Premier League season unbeaten in all 38 matches, he arrived at City with a justified reputation as one of the finest left-backs in Europe.

 

The Frenchman had played only 15 senior games for Cannes before he was spotted by Arsène Wenger's scouting network in 2003, making his Arsenal debut on the same night as Cesc Fabregas in a League Cup tie with Rotherham.

 

He understudied England's Ashley Cole for a couple of seasons, and became the youngest player to win a Premier League medal in 2004 at 18 years and 10 months. After Cole left for Chelsea in 2006 he emerged as one of the mainstays of Wenger's side despite being dogged by injuries.

 

His pace and speed of thought, allied to an ability to get up and down the pitch in the stamina-sapping environs of the Premier League, made him one of Arsenal's most consistent defenders.

 

A willingness to join the attack brought a rare goal against Stoke in November, 2008. His second and only other Arsenal strike was against Leyton Orient in March, 2011. 

That the France international is alive to play top-flight football at all is a miracle, this being the description of the surgeon after Gael's heart stopped for 15 seconds during a seven-hour operation as a 15-year-old.

 

Gael's emotional reaction to City's title-triumph in 2011/12 was one of the most memorable of many on the day as he justified his decision to move to the Club in his very first season.

 

Although the Blues' attempts to win silverware in 2012/13 ended in disappointment, Gael's performances offered some comfort as the Toulouse-born full-back impressed in nearly all of his 28 Premier League starts.

 

Gael won his second Premier League title with City - and the third of his career - in 2013/14 and was also a Capital One Cup winner to help Manuel Pellegrini to two trophies in his first season as City boss.

 

Joined at the Blues by another ex-Arsenal team-mate in the shape of Bacary Sagna in 2014, Gael continued to impress, occasionally making the odd appearance at right-back and also grabbing his only City goal so far in a win at Southampton.

 

A knee injury kept Gael out of action for the first four months of 2015-16, but he bounced back to reclaim his place as first-choice left-back and help City win the Capital One Cup for the second time since his arrival and currently shares left-back duties with Aleksandar Kolarov.

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