Clichy left the Gunners at the start of last season to join eventual Barclays Premier League champions City.
The France international is not the first Arsenal player to jump ship to the Blue-half of Manchester in recent years; and some observers see this as a decline in the north London outfit's domestic influence.
However, Clichy left Cannes when he was aged just 17 to join the Gunners and he believes that Arsenal under coach Arsene Wenger is still the best place to be for young players who hope to one day become stars in world football.
"If I had a son who had the chance to turn professional at 16, I wouldn't hesitate to send him to Arsenal to play under Wenger," Clichy told FIFA.com.
"For a young player, it's the best club to develop at. Even though I left to join City, I know how much I owe to the club and the manager, and I can never thank them enough.
"Looking at the criticism they've had this season, I'm happy to see that they still managed to finish third. They deserve it, and it proves that the world of football is sometimes unfair - even for someone like Wenger, who has given so much to French and English football.
"But I understand how people can be demanding, because in the end we remember the teams that win titles, not those that play well. In ten years' time we'll remember Chelsea, who won the Champions League, but not Bayern Munich, who perhaps deserved it."
Clichy is currently away on international duty with France who have been drawn alongside England in Euro 2012 Group D. The two teams meet on Monday in what will be a pivotal game for both teams.
Clichy does not think France have an advantage to start against Roy Hodgson's England side which will be missing the suspended Wayne Rooney.
"I don't think it makes any difference," he said.
"People think it's better to play them without Rooney, who is suspended, and in their first competitive match under their new coach. But we're talking about a very experienced team that has players like John Terry and Steven Gerrard, who could pretty much play without a coach."