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French Star On His Way Out?

French Star On His Way Out?

Ok, ok, I might have misled you a little. He isn`t a star but he is a French striker. Jeremie Aliadiere has said that he may look to leave Arsenal if boss Arsene Wenger doesn`t start giving him more games.

Jeremie, Arsenal`s second longest serving player after Freddie Ljungberg, says he wants nothing more than to make it at the club he loves - Arsenal: 'It has been good to play for Arsenal in the first team again and score some goals.

'Any opportunity I get, I will do my best and try to show the boss I am ready to play more games.

'The most important thing for me is to show him every day in training and with every opportunity on the pitch that I am ready to be in the squad more.

'I am really focused on doing my best every time I go on the pitch.'

Aliadiere, 23 joined the Gunners just days after his 16th birthday. Wenger spotted him playing in a French football academy and snapped the youngster up on a free.

First team opportunities have been few and far between for the French striker, despite his pace, power and lethal finishing. Many had tipped him to be a long-term successor to compatriot Thierry Henry but the arrival of youngsters like Van Persie, Walcott, Adebayor, Lupoli and Bendtner, along with terrible injury troubles has seen that he plays little part for the Arsenal first team.

He hasn`t yet given up hope but says that he needs a chance to prove himself and soon: 'It has been good to play for Arsenal in the first team again and score some goals,' the striker said.

'Any opportunity I get, I will do my best and try to show the boss I am ready to play more games.

'The most important thing for me is to show him every day in training and with every opportunity on the pitch that I am ready to be in the squad more.

'I am really focused on doing my best every time I go on the pitch.

'The fact I was offered and signed a new deal last season proved that the manager believes in me and thinks I still have a future at Arsenal.

'But that does not change that I am not playing enough and I obviously want to play more games.

Aliadiere added: 'I have been here eight years, I always wanted to be here and love the club.

'It is nothing more than I want to play for Arsenal - but obviously I am 23 now, which is not young any more and I need to play every week for my career.'

I for one hope the lad can make it at Arsenal, he has worked hard and deserves success.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer:Nick Simmonett
Date:Wednesday November 15 2006
Time: 4:08PM


it doesn't bother me, the guy has an attitude problem the same as that twit pennant has, he thinks he is better than he is. his loan moves always ended quickly and with problems and personally i think we have better talent coming through and he knows it, the fact he has stayed around for so long is probably cos he is french.
15/11/2006 16:35:00
15/11/2006 16:40:00
i understand harry you wouldn't understand that word :P
15/11/2006 16:41:00
hmm.. i doubt he'll be missed.. i mean.. come on.. after henry, persie, ade, walcott already here.. and lupoli, bendtner and stokes performing admirably.. i dont see him fitting in..
15/11/2006 16:42:00
I don't think he has an attitude problem at all. He's working really hard in the reserves, worked his wotsits off in the Carling Cup, all he is saying is that he wants to play football. There would be something very wrong with him if he didn't. Personally, I think he's worthwhile as a back up striker and I think he deserves more of a chance than he's getting.
Little Dutch
15/11/2006 16:57:00
I think he can do well, he just has to continue to do well and maybe he can get into the first team one day?
15/11/2006 17:06:00
have to agree with Dutch, all he's saying is that he needs first team football, he has had rotten luck with injuries, and has tried comeback after cmeback, yet kept breaking down again. 8 years is a ******* long time at a club, and i think he's hardly murmured about his lack of opportunities. I do fear he may be on his way, however, though i think he expresses a true fondness for the club and htere is no malice in his words, unlike those 'stars' pennant and bentley, primadonnas the pair of them, Ali's kept his head down, by and large. Ok, he goes out with page 3 girl leilani, but hey, i'd give him a high five for that ;-) »»Arsene Knows««
15/11/2006 17:25:00
maybe needs to go out on loan to sharpen him up and prove his worth...
15/11/2006 21:02:00
I dont think he is saying he may look to leave. Just expressng his desire to play 1st team football, which is fine. I agree with LD, there would be something otherwise and it does sound like he is working really hard to get there. In fact, I think his attitude is quite positive.
16/11/2006 09:19:00
That's what happens when you've got a big squad!
16/11/2006 16:37:00
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