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Former Arsenal star Gael Clichy hails three legends who changed the Premier League forever including ‘nightmare’ striker

FORMER Arsenal defender Gael Clichy has revealed the three players he feels changed the Premier League forever.

The ex-France left-back, 38, will watch the Gunners take on Manchester City – another of his old sides – on Sunday in a huge clash in the title race.

Gael Clichy has named the three stars that changed Premier League football

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Gael Clichy has named the three stars that changed Premier League footballCredit: Getty – Contributor
Clichy was a part of Arsenal's famous Invincibles side that did not lose a single game during the 2003/04 Premier League campaign

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Clichy was a part of Arsenal’s famous Invincibles side that did not lose a single game during the 2003/04 Premier League campaignCredit: Getty

And two of his three Premier League game-changers were his team-mates the last time Arsenal became champions as The Invincibles in 2004.

Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira were two of the key men in that side and have unsurprisingly been named by Clichy as having had an instrumental impact on the league.

He also insisted Henry would be well-suited to the modern game.

But the third man may surprise some people as he was a nemesis of both Arsenal and Man City.

It is Manchester United legend Roy Keane.

When asked about the greatest players he ever played with, Clichy told Super 6: “There’s no doubt, Thierry Henry [on the best player he played with].

“In my mind three players changed the Premier League, Thierry Henry, Vieira and Roy Keane.

“Thierry just himself, at certain moments, was the Premier League.

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“He was so good to play with and really difficult to play against, I’m pretty sure some defenders were having nightmares about him.

“Henry is a 2024 player, his pace, power, mentality, ruthlessness.”

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Nowadays, Clichy is Henry’s assistant for France’s U21 and U23 teams.

The pair will coach their country’s Olympic team in Paris this summer.

Next year, they will then lead France at the 2025 U21 European Championships.

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Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira had a famous rivalry in the late 1990s and early 2000s

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Roy Keane and Patrick Vieira had a famous rivalry in the late 1990s and early 2000sCredit: AFP

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