Aliadiere desperate to shine
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Jeremie Aliadiere is still determined to prove he can succeed at Arsenal.
Jeremie Aliadiere is still determined to prove he can succeed at Arsenal, although the French striker has hinted he may have to reconsider his future if regular football is not forthcoming.
Aside from Freddie Ljungberg, Aliadiere is the longest serving member of Arsene Wenger's squad, but the 23-year-old has scored just one league goal during his seven-year spell in North London.
A string of injuries prevented his early promise from bearing fruit, and the forward spent last season on loan at Celtic, West Ham and Wolverhampton Wanderers as the likes of Emmanuel Adebayor and Theo Walcott were brought in to bolster Arsene Wenger's attacking options.
Aliadiere begun the season with a renewed ambition to make an impact at Emirates Stadium, but aside from his brace in the Carling Cup game against West Brom, he has largely struggled to make an impact.
Now the striker admits he has reached a stage in his career when he must be playing regular first team football, and whilst his dream would be to impress at Arsenal - where he is still confident he can succeed - Aliadiere could begin to question his long-term future at the club if he remains on the bench.
"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," Aliadiere told the club's official website.
"But that does not change that I am not playing enough and I obviously want to play more games.
"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 have always believed I could do it in The Premiership, no problem.
"If I start playing every week and keep training well then obviously I am going to be happy to be at Arsenal and do my best for the club.
"I am just going to wait and see."
Aliadiere's solitary league appearance so far this season has come as a substitute against Everton, and the striker is desperate to prove to Wenger that he can be relied upon as Arsenal attempt to mount a title challenge.
In the 2003/2004 season the 23-year-old started in a league game against Liverpool at Anfield, as well as in the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Manchester United, and Aliaidiere knows he needs to earn the same level of trust from his mentor again.
"It has been good to play for Arsenal in the first team again and score some goals," the striker added.
"Any opportunity I get, I will do my best and try to show the boss I am ready to play more games.
"I want to impress the manager, because he is the one who can play me every week.
"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.
"When you have been injured and not been involved in the squad every weekend, it is difficult and sometimes it can feel like you have been forgotten by people at the club and the fans - but it does not really affect me.
"I am really focused on doing my best every time I go on the pitch."