Arsene Wenger has publicly stated that he wants Gael Clichy to remain at the Emirates, and have begun contract negotiations. The 25 year old French international has been heavily linked to the likes of Liverpool, Inter, Bayern Munich, Manchester City (naturally) and Roma. But the Gunners boss has revealed that the club are currently talking to the defender in the hope of retaining him.
“We have started talks with Gael and want him to stay,” Wenger said, according to Sky Sports.
Clichy has only one year left on his contract with Arsenal, and – following Jens Lehmann’s exit – is the final member of the infamous ‘Invincibles’ squad remaining at the club. Even if Clichy doesn’t sign a new contract its not the end of the world, life will go on without Gael, he’s been prone to mistakes as his lack of concentration cannot out last a full ninety minutes and his 2 measly career goals is not much to get excited about. However he is our longest serving gunner and does have moments or brilliance, so either way I think fellow Gooners will be satisfied (given that Wenger finds a suitable replacement if Clichy is sold).
Alex Song in trouble for Cameroon.
Cameroon’s football federation has fined Alex Song for showing “an attitude of contempt” towards international team-mate Samuel Eto’o. Apparently the defensive midfielder has been fined for refusing to shake the hand of Samuel Eto’o on his return to the Cameroon team this Summer.
Alex “retired” from international football after being largely ignored during the World Cup last year following his falling out with Eto’o and is still paying the price for it now. Reports emerged that Song had refused to shake hands with Eto’o ahead of the African Nations Cup qualifier against Senegal on June 4 and, according to thisissport.info, “sat on a seat the captain considered should have been reserved for him”. Hopefully Song does “retire” one again so we don’t loose him while Cameroon play the Africans Nations cup in Jan/Feb next season.