I agree with many Gooners out there that Gael Clichy has been out of sorts in recent times.
It's a shame because he is a such a loyal player to the club and is the last link we have to the Invincible team of 2003/04.
It's hard to pinpoint the exact reason why Clichy seems to have regressed.
Maybe the current formation doesn't suit him as he doesn't seem to get a lot of protection from whoever plays in front of him.
I'd say that Gael looks a lot more comfortable in the 4-4-2 formation Arsene Wenger used to use.
So much more comfortable in fact a couple of years ago I was confident that he would one day become the best left-back in the world so I'm certain that he can't have turned into a bad player overnight.
Maybe Gael needs a time-out to recharge his batteries and get his head together.
Obviously Kieran Gibbs is next in line for the left-back slot but his injuries are so common at the moment a regular run in the side for him is impossible.
I feel for Kieran. He clearly has potential but every time he gets a chance to shine he gets injured. Despite him being injury-prone I've no doubt that he will be Arsenal and England's future left-back.
Whilst Clichy has been inconsistent and Gibbs spends a lot of time in the treatment room I think that Thomas Vermaelen could be a short term answer to the position.
Of course he is injured at present but when he recovers he could play there and a back four of Vermaelen-Djourou-Squillaci-Sagna looks very solid in my book.
There is the problem that Vermaelen is probably our best centre-back so it may seem daft to take him out of the centre of defence but surely it would tighten us up at the back?
Thomas plays left-back for Belgium quite regularly and did so for Ajax too. He is used to the position so I'm sure he would be comfortable there.
We all know he likes to get forward and Wenger encourages his full-backs to roam forward at every opportunity so he would enjoy it.
The most important aspect though in my opinion is that he defends first and obviously is a natural defender, definitely more so than Clichy and Gibbs at present.
And Arsenal need to defend better.
Keep it Goonerish.........