By Chris Harris

Gael Clichy believes restricting the number of foreigners in English football would not necessarily benefit the game in this country.

'Foreign quotas' has been a hot topic since Fifa president Sepp Blatter proposed starting XIs be restricted to just five overseas stars in order to nurture home-grown talent. But Clichy insists that a player's nationality is irrelevant; what matters is his quality.

"The nationality is not the main important thing, it is just the quality you want your team to play," Clichy told Arsenal TV Online. "The boss [Arsène Wenger] has made something great here, the way we like to entertain people, and I am sure that it doesn't matter for him.

"If you have to see about a player if they are English, French or Spanish, if he has the quality he will be in his team, and if not he won't be in his team. Let the manager do the job.

"I think everyone is proud to say they play in the best league in the world because with all the players here and the English players we are making something good."

Subscribers can now see our interview with Gael on Arsenal TV Online. He discusses:

  • France's qualification for Euro 2008
  • his international aspirations
  • the evolution of the France team
  • what 'pre-selected' actually involves
  • the French players he grew up watching
  • proposed quotas on foreign players
  • emerging from Arsenal's youth ranks

Part two of our interview with Gael will be available on Thursday. If you don't subscribe to TV Online, click on the red button on the gold Arsenal TV Online panel.

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Chris Harris 21 Nov 2007