Losing Clichy would be nothing new for Arsenal

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Kieran Gibbs may be ready to make his breakthrough to become a first-team regular at Arsenal and this is why the club may not be too disappointed to cash in on Gael Clichy this season.

Clichy’s contract is set to expire at the end of the next campaign and with the Frenchman stalling on penning a new deal, Arsenal may be forced into selling in the summer to avoid eventually losing him on a free transfer.

Bayern Munich and Juventus are among the big European clubs monitoring the Clichy situation any may be willing to part with around £10m to land the left-back in the summer.

This may not be a bad deal for Arsenal bearing in mind Clichy’s indifferent form this season and the fact that Gibbs has been highly touted to be his long-term replacement in any case.

Arsenal have already been through a similar scenario once before with Ashley Cole when he was pushing for a move to Chelsea.

With Clichy waiting in the wings, Arsenal agreed to let Cole go and the Frenchman has been a first-team regular since.

Gibbs can be expected to make the same impact as a young Clichy and arguably has even more to offer, particularly at the attacking end of the pitch.

His promise is so high that he has already made his England debut, despite making just 14 Premier League appearances for Arsenal.

However, Clichy will still be giving his all for Arsenal as he goes in search of a second Premier League title with Arsenal.

Arsenal’s betting odds are 11/4 to win the Premier League and they currently find themselves five points behind Manchester United, although they do have a game in hand.

Arsene Wenger’s team are at home to Blackburn next and Arsenal’s betting odds are 1/4 to secure the three points.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.