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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.




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Writer: Nick Simmonett  Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday November 15 2006

Time: 4:08PM

Your Comments

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.
PUREGOLD
Star?
Sir_Harry
i understand harry you wouldn't understand that word :P
PUREGOLD
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..
go4it_adi
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
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?
gunner-minesh
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««
Wingston75
maybe needs to go out on loan to sharpen him up and prove his worth...
ernshaw
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.
prits
That's what happens when you've got a big squad!
Westl
Would be nice to see him go out on loan to a premiership club. After all, everything I've seen from him in the reserves tells me that he's more than capable. Perhaps Newcastle could do with him as they seem reluctant to use Rossi and Ameobi is (or will be, not sure if he's gone yet) out for a while; due to his operation.
Parano!d
he has already been loaned out many many times....
gupte_abhi@yahoo.com
yep, ameobi is gone. though i dont know why jeremie should go out on loan. looks like he can challenge for a spot next season. lets hope so. will make things really interesting with him, bendtner and lupoli back. wonder who wenger favours!
prits
You couldn't be further off the mark Puregold. Perhaps if he were 18, it would be a problem. But he's 23 and nowhere nearer first team action than three years ago. In fact, he's further away from it. What player wants a career in the reserves? He's worked hard to come back from injuries and always stated his desire to compete for a place at Arsenal. It's just that his time has come. It's this year or move on. Nothing he's said is controversial.
Tripping
 

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