Gael Clichy hails Arsene Wenger's impact on English football

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Manchester City defender Gael Clichy believes that English football would not be where it is without the influence of Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

Manchester City defender Gael Clichy has said that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger does not need to prove himself to anyone.

Clichy left the Gunners for City in the summer of 2011 and won the Premier League last season.

"He doesn't need to prove anything to anyone," the 27-year-old told The Guardian. "He brought so many new things to England and made certain players – like [Thierry] Henry, who was the best in this country for years.

"People started saying things about Wenger leaving because Arsenal were not winning. This is also a club that is always competing in the Champions League with young players – and they reach many quarter-finals.

"People don't realise this achievement because they want trophies but he has done so much. I really don't see English football being where it is without Arsene Wenger."

Clichy joined Arsenal from French club Cannes in 2003.

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