Ali’s had a mare

talkSPORT have been talking to former French U-21 international and Arsenal forward, Jérémie Aliadière, 28, about why he has spent the last 12 months without a club. Aliadière said: “I was on a free transfer last summer after leaving Middlesbrough and just after I left, I did my cruciate ligament so it meant I couldn’t play.

“I went back to Middleborouh to do my rehabilitation and then back down to Arsenal where I have been playing a few reserve games.

“I feel good, I have enjoyed training with the first team and I feel ready to play again.

“I have started getting offers to join new clubs which I have rejecte, both from the Championship, Premiership and abroad, as I didn’t feel that they are right for me and my family.”

Aliadière, who has also had spells with Celtic and Wolves, has enjoyed being back at Arsenal saying: “It was like I never left.

“Arsène Wenger has been great, I have been working hard and I have to thank him.”

Aliadiere’s agent, Alex Hayes, said that he is sure that Jérémie will find a new club next season. He also believes that another former Gunner will stay on playing next season in Robert Pires.

“Robert is a great professional. He is super fit and if he wants to keep going, he can certainly still play in the Premiership.”

Simon Bourne (Site Editor)

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