I love Gael Clichy. I think he can be an amazing left-back.
A couple of years ago I even thought he was going to surpass Ashley Cole and become the best left-back in the world.
In fact, I even believed Clichy could have become the best left-back I've ever seen in my whole entire stinking existence.
So what has happened?
For some reason in the last couple of years he has appeared to go backwards and not pushed on with that potential he has shown in the past.
He seems to have a major error in him at least once a game. Sometimes we are punished when he cocks up, tonight being an example, and at other times we get away with it.
I don't think there is anything wrong with his ability. But I think there is a slight problem mentally perhaps. I'm not saying he is mental like William Gallas or Britney Spears but he must suffer from some kind of mental block at times.
Clichy seems to get a rush of blood to the head and he loses concentration at crucial times. Either that or he is worried to kick the ball out of play in case he busts a spectators nose or something.
I'm not trying to kick a man when he is down but his mistake was just basic. And that is embarrasing for someone who plays football for a living.
If this was just a one-off I'd keep my mouth shut but he has done it so many times in the recent past.
Cutting out these mistakes can put Gael back up there with the best of them. Ability-wise there isn't a left-back in the world miles ahead of him. He isn't far off the likes of Ashley Cole in that respect but his errors will always hold him back.
Arsene Wenger needs to do something. It isn't just down to Gael Clichy. Get someone in to help and advise him. And the rest of the defence too. Because if not these mistakes will continue to haunt us.
Step forward Martin Keown on a full-time basis and not just part-time.
Keep it Goonerish..........