Jeremie Aliadiere is one former Arsenal player who doesn’t look back at his Gunners days in regret. Goal.com quotes the French player telling the Northern Echo that he is happy that he is not with Arsenal now. Aliadiere cites lack of matches for Arsenal as the reason for not feeling any sorrow of leaving behind that club that he spent 8 years with. In fact, in those 8 years, Aliadiere could only start 7 Premiership matches.
Aliadiere told the Northern Echo:
You don’t even feel like you’re a proper footballer. It hurts when all you’re doing is training all week and playing for the reserve team. When you are not playing regularly, you are effectively training for nothing To be honest, I didn’t even think I was an Arsenal player for a lot of my time at the club. I was training for the team, but I didn’t really feel it was my team.
What about the move to Middlebrough?
Now, I want to be involved in everything. I want to be at every training session and every game, and I’m concerned about everything that’s going on at this club. I feel like a real Middlesbrough player, and I feel like this is my club.
So Aliadiere makes it clear where his heart lies and his remark on his frustrating time at Arsenal does demonstrate that youth football at a top Premiership club is not easy. But how far can Aliadiere go with Boro?