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Lyon left-back top priority for Wenger after Clichy departure



Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is to make Lyon left-back Aly Cissokho his prime target for that position after the departure of Gael Clichy to Manchester City.

The 23 year old has been heavily linked with a move to the Premiership but is not so keen on joining Liverpool, a side without European competition for the up and coming season.

With Wenger’s love for all things French, he would certainly be choosing a player with right attributes.

Our source also claims that Cissokho is the player Wenger admires more and that Arsenal will not seek to pursue current Newcastle United left-back Jose Enrique – a target of Liverpool. It is also believed that the Emirates side have made enquiries for the defender and that a fee of £9m-£11m would close to accurate to seal the 23 year old.



  1. 49Unbeaten

    July 5, 2011 at 12:25 AM

    Yes, quality! Get him in…

  2. chris

    July 5, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    I would prefer him to buy Enrique. Why ? Because he is a proven defender who has played well in the Premiership already. We need defenders who already know how to keep the ball out of our net. Of course Wenger will go for a fast, technical player who look good going forward and ” .. never sacrifice his attacking principles!” .

  3. Vanditha

    July 5, 2011 at 2:56 AM

    Yeah!we must buy the experience leftback.IT IS NOT THE TIME FOR KIRAN GIBBS.

  4. chris11

    July 5, 2011 at 8:57 AM

    Leighton Baines with Gibbs as cover,Cissokho is unproven in England & will probably take 6 months to settle. Baines is already proven, Time to get real not chase ‘maybe’s or great potential’.

  5. Gooner

    July 5, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    He’s quality. Fast, strong, a good defender and probably better in attack than Clichy. He’s easily one of the top left backs in the world. However, the price quoted in the article can’t be true. Lyon bought him for 15M euros. Surely they won’t sell him on a cheap.

  6. ifeanyipat

    July 5, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    is high time arsene wenger stopped relying on dis abroad players and buy already proved players we need results not experiments.

  7. CapeLaur

    July 5, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    Or even just put Vermaelen at LB where he played for Ajax and still does for Belgium. Free up the fund to get in Samba and Cahill!

  8. CantabYC

    July 5, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    In ancient greece, heroes were not made kings but rather are exiled or executed. Why? Contribution is done, only tyranny and arrogance that stems a new generation of creativity remains. Should have gotten rid of Wenger in 2006

  9. Smiglet

    July 5, 2011 at 10:20 AM

    Can he cross a ball??

  10. Ayiro 86

    July 5, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Cissoko is fantatstic but also a gamble, in baines we will be getting a proven player in the premiership and definately a better crosser of the ball than clichy, that said i would like to thank Gael for the avarage job he did in our beloved North London!

  11. Dan

    July 5, 2011 at 10:22 AM

    Well, at least it isn’t Thomas Vermaelen being moved to left back like how some idiot Gooners have wanted.


    July 5, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    It’s good to get a good leftback to support Gibbs. Well, Wenger is the manager; he knows what’s good the team.

  13. malchus

    July 5, 2011 at 10:43 AM

    we dont need a replace,buy parker n a solid centre back,switch verm or kos to the left as gibs mature

  14. Hamis

    July 5, 2011 at 11:46 AM

    He’s not good enough for arsenal better for l.Baines because he has already successful in English football, this is just a romous but what i know Wenger will not even tempt to buy any player this time till big club take all the good player, look at Gervinho’s Cahil,Samba,Schwazer,O’shea,Hazard, and the talented Argentinian midfielder saga, we are approaching to an 8weak now but nothing has been finalized yet, i don’t know how he’s thinking may be he want to sell all the good player to their rivals! i think its a time now for the Arsenal Board to let him (wenger) go to avoid a lot of confusion with the fans, Another disappointing seasonal for Arsenal fans!

  15. alfred "AZ" Mukarakate

    July 5, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    I would prefer Michel Bastos to take overf from the lousy Clincy, he cost us the CL quarter final, was just but a ball of nerves allowing Danny Alves too much room to have a party on both nights

  16. Dayyabu TJ KANO NIG.

    July 5, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    let wenger buy proven LB player in the english. We need results this time. stop experimentation!

  17. vio

    July 5, 2011 at 12:14 PM

    It would be a dream to have him at LB..tall , strong , good crosses, attacking wing-back..better than clichy..

  18. Lewie Mullings

    July 5, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Clichy was a great player for us and really why is everyone so obsessed with getting english players their clearly not good enough are they lets be honest
    and this guy would probably fit in a lot better than baines would u know then itd be 3 of the 4 back four are french so better communication !!!

  19. CheekyMonkey

    July 5, 2011 at 1:28 PM

    Its surprising that Gooner fans don’t have any faith in Kieron Gibbs but why was Clichy allowed to run down his contract and then sold for only £7m? Any replacement will almost certainly cost more/won’t be as good/will take time to settle/and will leave for a bigger club after another trophyless season (delete as appropriate). As Kenny Sansom said today, Arsenal need at least 5 new quality players to replace those who are either leaving (Clichy, Fabregas & Nasri) or who weren’t good enough last season (Almunia, Arshavin, Bentner, Chamakh, Denilson, Djourou, Eboue, Fabianski, Koscielny, Rosicky, Squillaci & Walcott). Actually, make that at least 10 new players!


    July 5, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    In my own view,i will like you people to leave wenger alone and do what pleases him,because saying go for enrique not cisso he may end it up buying neither ciss’ nor enr’ and put Gibbs there as his left-back.

  21. Didier

    July 5, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    why obsesseed with english player. England cant beat nobody and ManU won because of vidic, chicharito, van der sar,nani, park ,berbatov evra, and the last time i checked none of them are english

  22. EeeK

    July 5, 2011 at 3:05 PM

    I think the manager should be left to do the job that he’s paid to do. this are just paper talk.

  23. Stowie

    July 5, 2011 at 3:24 PM

    You lot should forget this Baines thing..Everton dont sell players on the cheap..He would easily cost you £18 mill upwards..No way will whinger buy at that price..

  24. Palluau

    July 5, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Why oh why do some of you think that Arsenal should try to bankrupt themselves by paying crazy money for so-called proven players. Look at Torres at Chelsea and no end of cash spent on duds by Man City. Get rid of Wenger? Rubbish, for whom? We Arsenal fans are lucky to have a solvent club that on its day plays fantastic football with style. I for one would like Arsenal to win trophies, but the ups outweigh the downs, and if those “stars”made by Wenger want to leave for money, let them go, most of them go downhill when they leave Arsenal anyway.

  25. Awoshiri Williams

    July 5, 2011 at 4:23 PM

    Wenger has experimented enough. We have seen our boys mature to men and when you think that the time has come to win trophies with them, what do we hear; they are sold to trophy ambitious teams while “ARSENAL” remains trophy-less. Enough is enough dear Wenger. We need something this time and not Sexy football.

  26. Simon

    July 5, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    [Palluau 5/7/11 3:43pm] has posted the only sensible comment thus far. Thank you Palluau.

  27. CJandtheSoup

    July 5, 2011 at 11:13 PM

    The guy who commented on the lack of faith in Gibbs – he is still young and is very injury prone. Therefore he needs a guiding hand as well as cover.

    Vermaelan is too good to go on the left. We need one or two quality centre backs and a left back. Also a goalscorer who will stand on the last man all game and get scrappy goals. Depending on other players leaving they must obviously be replaced (if Cesc goes, no one will fill the role for a couple of years – i’m thinking Ramsey). Also we need to replace midfielders like Denilson with decent players – they can be young but a couple of older heads would certainly help. Anyone is better than Denilson.

    I doubt we will get a proper EPL centre back. I will be surprised if we get a good striker. I’m sure we will get a midfielder or two but they won’t be top class. Depressing time to be an Arsenal fan – well run club, but we don’t do anything with it. I’m even beginning to fear that in a couple of seasons we will be mid-table if drastic action isn’t taken.

  28. stewie

    July 6, 2011 at 12:36 AM

    we need to buy good defenders and a good finisher infront of the goal the players need to look at them self and stop blaming the coach they are the ones out there and not the coach we could have won the carling cup if nasri take matters in his hand and score the goals he gets we would have won the game but i guess it wasnt what they wanted

  29. Robbie llewellyn

    July 25, 2011 at 4:18 PM

    Quite agree. Think about it before rushing in like a bull in a china shop

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