Wenger wants Clichy patience

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By Patrick Haond
Arsene Wenger has praised young defender Gael Clichy following the Frenchman's breakthrough into the first team at Arsenal.

The Gunners boss is delighted with Clichy's form as stand-in for the suspended Ashley Cole.

With a tough fixture at Southampton on the horizon, Wenger admits all that is required for his young, emerging players is patience.

"When Giovanni van Bronckhorst left for Barcelona, I knew I lost the substitute for Cole but I knew too that I had a talented 18-year-old player," Wenger told L'Equipe.

"For a long time, we didn't have a lot of quality with our young players.

"Today we have quality and, now, it is only a matter of patience."