Clichy hails team ethic

Full-back pleased with side's improvement this season

Clichy: Happy with improvement

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Arsenal's Gael Clichy has echoed Cesc Fabregas' belief that the side are now operating as more of a team without Thierry Henry.

Many pundits feel The Gunners' devastating start to the season correlates with the departure of the French striker.

The squad appear to have blossomed in his absence and they provided further evidence of their quality with a 10th successive victory over Sunderland on Sunday.

Responsibilities

Clichy admitted that Henry is a world class striker and any side would miss his quality, but he feels Arsenal are working as more of a unit this season.

"Losing a player like Titi, it is always frightening. But we knew our qualities, we did what we had to do, to play without him and we are getting by quite well," he said.

"However, we are talking about the best striker in the world! Anyway, now we can see more scorers in the team and everyone takes on his responsibilities.

"When you play with Henry, Zinedine (Zidane) or Ronaldinho, sometimes you give way easily.

"When things become harder, you leave it to them. It is rather a lack of own-trust, because we gave him all the work."

State of mind

Clichy also explained that after two seasons without any silverware the squad knew they had to address their playing style.

"We did not win anything in the last two seasons. So we asked ourselves some questions.

"Last season we had difficulties against the 'smaller' teams. This season we have more trust in ourselves, we face the physical fight and we enjoy attacking.

"The state of mind has changed. Everyone wants to fight for his team-mate. We can go far."