Sunday, September 21, 2008

Luck Not With Clichy

Gael Clichy was lucky not to have suffered a fracture after the Arsenal left-back left the field at half time with the help of the medical staff, following a challenge by Bolton Wanderers striker Kevin Davies.

The Frenchman was taken to a hospital for X-rays and the North-London club, who won the league game at the Reebok Stadium 3-1 on Saturday, announced later that Clichy had not suffered a broken leg.

“Gael Clichy suffered only bruising to his shin during the game at Bolton on Saturday,” read a brief statement.

“He went to hospital for a scan but they found no fracture. As a result, Gael was able to join up the rest of the Arsenal squad for the journey home.”

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger, however, was not at all happy by the tackle from Davies, who only got a yellow card for the foul.

"It is a shin injury which means the tackle was quite high," he said. "Was it an accident? Was it mistimed? Only Davies can answer that.

"I did not really see the impact, so I have to watch it on video. We except the physical challenge and we respond well to it.

"We have no problem with a physical game. It is part of the charm of the game but kicking someone is not in the rules.”

Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas claimed that Davies should have been shown the red card.

"Last season we had a player sent off for much less than the challenge on Clichy,” said the Spaniard, who saw his Gunners team-mate Eduardo suffer a horrific leg break earlier this year in a league game at Birmingham City.

"After seeing the damage to Clichy's leg you have to ask why it wasn't the same punishment."

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