Clichy admits joining Arsenal from French Third Division was shock

Arsenal fullback Gael Clichy admits being plucked out of the French Third Division by Arsene Wenger was a surreal experience.Clichy was signed by Wenger as a 17 year-old playing for Cannes in France's lower leagues."The night before I'd seen him on TV and now Arsène Wenger was in my house!" Clichy recalled to the Sunday Times. "Honestly, I was thinking, ‘Is he really here, or is it someone who looks like him?' I'd played 20 games for Cannes. My idea was to move to a second division team and you think. ‘I'm 17, I'm in the third division in France, and you're asking me to go and play with Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp?'"After 20 minutes I said, ‘Okay, you're telling me to come, but you have two left- backs, Ashley Cole and [Gio] Van Bronckhorst. I don't want to sit in the reserves.' He said, ‘Listen, if you come, Van Bronckhorst will go.'"I signed and the next month I picked up a newspaper and saw that Van Bronckhorst was leaving for Barcelona. I realised Wenger is someone you trust."

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