Clichy keen to play against Arsenal

Manchester City defender Gael Clichy has stated that he wants to play against former club Arsenal in the Carling Cup on Tuesday night, and admitted that he is still getting used to Roberto Mancini’s squad rotation system.

The France international exchanged the Emirates Stadium for the Etihad Stadium in the summer, and alongside Samir Nasri has his first opportunity to face The Gunners since leaving the North London club.

Despite expecting a torrent of abuse from the home fans, Clichy is keen to play.

“That is up to the manager and you have to accept his decision, but of course I am ready and if asked to play I will be more than happy to,” he told Sky Sports.

“I don’t need to speak about Arsenal, it is a great club, a great team with many of my friends there.

“If I can play on Tuesday, or even be involved, it would be something that I would really look forward to. But the manager is rotating the players, so we will have to wait and see what his decision is,” he stated.

Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov are used intermittently by the current Premier League leaders at left back, and the new man has admitted to not being used to being rested on occasion.

“As a player you always want to play as many games as possible and for me it is a big change because I was used to playing week-in, week-out with Arsenal.

“Of course you are disappointed but I am not the only one.

“I believe in February we will have the fresh legs to go all the way.

“We need a big squad to go all the way and hopefully we can carry on like this because I think the atmosphere is good and the way we are playing is OK,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight