Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: Gunners Can Be Great Too - Clichy

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Football: Gunners Can Be Great Too - Clichy

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GAEL CLICHY has no doubt the Arsenal squad will stay together and return stronger next season to "do something great".

The Gunners still have a mathematical, albeit improbable chance to win the Barclays Premier League title, as they trail leaders Manchester United and Chelsea by four points with two games to play - the first of those at home to Everton tomorrow.

Those slim hopes, though, could well be extinguished this weekend, bringing to an end a season which promised so much but failed to deliver.

Manager Arsene Wenger remains convinced his current squad - who led the table until the end of February - can achieve great things.

However, the future of out-of-contract midfielder Mathieu Flamini has yet to be resolved as AC Milan continue to turn his head, while both Alexander Hleb - suspended for the rest of the season - and leading scorer Emmanuel Adebayor have both been linked with big-money moves away from Emirates Stadium in the summer.

Clichy, signed from AS Cannes in 2003, sees no reason why everyone cannot achieve what they want to with the Gunners - and insisted success would not be guaranteed elsewhere.

"It's up to everyone to think what they want to do, but we've got so many examples of players who leave to win the Champions League and titles, and that didn't prove them right," said Clichy, 22.

"I think that we have to believe in the quality we have in the team at the moment.

"I believe in it, most players believe in it and I am sure we can do it.

"So we just have to stick together and work hard because with the team we have, we're so young, the future is in front of us and we're going to do something great that's for sure." Togo frontman Adebayor took his tally to 30 with a second-half hat-trick in the 6-2 thrashing of relegated Derby on Monday night.

The 24-year-old remains fully committed to the Arsenal cause, with his agent rubbishing reports of a switch to AC Milan, who Adebayor helped knock out of the Champions League with a goal at the San Siro earlier this season. …

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