By Declan Taylor

Gael Clichy believes that Arsenal’s continued managerial stability since the arrival of Arsène Wenger has enabled the Club to flourish.

Wenger is currently halfway through his 11th full season in charge at Arsenal, making him the Premier League’s second-longest serving manager behind Sir Alex Ferguson who has been at Old Trafford since 1986.

Clichy thinks this hands the Gunners an advantage over clubs who favour a ‘revolving door’ policy to management because solidity behind the scenes allows the players to focus firmly on football.

“When I heard Arsenal wanted to sign me, the most important thing was that the boss was here and that he'd be here for many years to come,” said Clichy at Thursday’s pre-match press conference. “When you see a club like Chelsea who change managers, have a few in a year, it's difficult.

“As a footballer you just want to focus on football but when something like that happens with your coach it's difficult to cope with. “That's the main thing for Arsenal, to have someone like Arsène Wenger as a manager.

“You can play well even without your best player in the team but the club cannot have success with many different coaches.

“I guess he will leave one day, he will retire one day, but I truly feel he will stay until at least the end of his contract.

“Arsenal are his club. If he has to move on he will but it's not a concern, as players we just have to keep focused on the performance on the pitch. The boss has shown that he has a lot of commitment to this club and all the success is down to him.”

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7 Mar 2009