Gael Clichy explains why he left Arsenal to join Manchester City

first_imgClichy became a villain to Arsenal fans (Picture: Getty)‘I didn’t feel that at the time. I’m not the only one, if you look around at the other players who left at the time that I left they would probably tell you the same and I think overall the decision was good for everybody. ‘It wasn’t linked to my injury, it wasn’t linked to anything but I could feel that the club was pushing towards something else.‘If you speak with my close friends, my family, there was a moment where I was dying to finish my career at Arsenal because I was loving every single moment of it. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But at the same time seeing how it was going, seeing that for those last few years where we hadn’t won anything, it was down to me as the player and I thought that maybe it was time to break the circle.‘They were trying to promote new players so I said to myself, “You know what? Let’s go and see something else”.’MORE: Emile Smith Rowe tells Mikel Arteta he wants No.10 role at ArsenalMORE: Contract rebel Ryan Fraser offered to Arsenal for free transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Gael Clichy explains why he left Arsenal to join Manchester City Clichy jumped ship in 2011 (Picture: Getty)Gael Clichy has explained he felt he was on the verge of being forced out at Arsenal when he decided to join Manchester City.Arsenal fans were furious when the left-back joined their Premier League rivals in 2011, but Clichy enjoyed an excellent spell at City winning the title and the league cup twice.Clichy would spend six years at City and the Frenchman explained he didn’t feel wanted at Arsenal.‘I remember clearly at that time the club was trying to promote more British players,’ Clichy told Arsenal’s In Lockdown podcast.ADVERTISEMENT‘There was a group of four or five players, they were putting them out there, they wanted to build the team around them and I was getting to a point where, not the injuries, but where you feel that the club is saying they [don’t] want to keep you.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I don’t think they wanted me to leave but I didn’t feel at the time that they wanted me to stay. ‘I believe nowadays in football when you want a player to stay, you tell them you want them to stay and you make sure he stays. Advertisement Comment Coral BarryThursday 11 Jun 2020 1:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link195Shares Advertisementlast_img

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