In the six years since Clichyâ€™s second season brought him an FA Cup medal there has been nothing to show for Wengerâ€™s commitment to the beautiful game apart from plaudits.
And Clichy said: â€śAfter spending eight years with Arsenal it would have been easy to sign a new contract to stay there because they are a fantastic club that will always be challenging for trophies.
â€śBut it got to a point for me where I didnâ€™t just want to challenge for the titles only to be disappointed in the final weeks of the season. I wanted to play for a club that would win them.
â€śThis isnâ€™t meant as a criticism of Arsenal but I joined City because I felt that this was a club ready to win important trophies over the next few years.
â€śWe were fighting for the league, in the knock-out stages of the Champions League, the quarter-finals of the FA Cup and the final of the Carling Cup.
â€śBut in the end we finished fourth and without a trophy. City came third and won the FA Cup. So I am joining a club that are winning trophies. I donâ€™t feel I have joined a club that is inferior to Arsenal.â€ť
Clichy added: â€śOkay, Arsenal have a great history, but when you are a footballer you think only of what the future will bring.
â€śOf course, nothing is guaranteed here. It never is in football. But I believe I have made the right decision based on how I have watched this club develop over the last two years.
â€śIt was so frustrating at Arsenal. At times last year, we played some fantastic football and looked as good as any team in the league.
â€śBut there were also times when we had injuries to our best players and we couldnâ€™t cope. If we lost Cesc (Fabregas) or (Robin) Van Persie then the team really suffered.
â€śIâ€™ve only been at City a week but I look around and see a squad that is strong."