Wenger wants Clichy patience
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
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."