Aliadiere: Hammers first choice
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jeremie Aliadiere says he joined West Ham United on loan over other options.Jeremie Aliadiere says he joined West Ham United on loan over other options last week.
The young Arsenal striker cut short an initial loan spell with Scottish giants Celtic after failing to earn regular first-team action with the Glasgow club.
The 22-year-old quit Gordon Strachan's side following their defeat to Old Firm rivals Rangers in order to take a similar season-long loan with The Hammers - thus slamming the former Coventry City and Southampton manager in the process.
Aliadiere, who appeared off the substitutes' bench in Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Bolton Wanderers, stated his delight with his West Ham loan but made clear his intention to return to Arsene Wenger's side.
"I had a few other offers, but I wanted to come to West Ham," said Aliadiere.
"I will go back to Arsenal, but for now, I am just focusing on West Ham and doing my best for them.
"I signed a new four-year contract so I think Arsene Wenger wants me to be the future striker at Arsenal.
"Injuries held me back there and when you have Thierry Henry and Dennis Bergkamp, there is big competition up front.
"Every time I get an opportunity to play, I have done well and then got injured so you never know what could happen if I didn't get injured."