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Gael Clichy believes Premier League title justifies exit from the Gunners

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Manchester City full back Gael Clichy believes joining the Premier League champions from Arsenal last summer was a turning point in his career and he has no regrets about quitting the Emirates for the Etihad.

The 26-year-old spent eight years with Arsene Wenger’s side and did not win any silverware since an FA Cup triumph in 2005.

“It’s funny, but I am a vastly different player this year since I moved to City,” Clichy told Sky Sports News. “In my head, it is a turning point in my career. I wanted to see where it could take me. I do not regret it for a moment, as I have gained in self-confidence.

“It has been 10 years that I have played in the Premier League, which is not bad.

“I am champion of England and that is important in the life of a player. One feels stronger.”

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Arsenal

Nickname: The Gunners.

Ground: Emirates Stadium (capacity 60,361).

Founded: 1886.

Honours: First Division (until 1992) and Premier League: 1931, 1933, 1934, 1935, 1938, 1948, 1953, 1971, 1989, 1991, 1998, 2002, 2004.

FA Cup: 1930, 1936, 1950, 1971, 1989, 1991, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005.

League Cup: 1987, 1993.

Fairs Cup: 1970.

Cup Winners’ Cup: 1994.

Leading goalscorer: Thierry Henry, 228.

Leading appearances: David O’Leary, 722.