Wenger eyes Aliadiere stay
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsene Wenger has revealed his intention to retain the services of Jeremie Aliadiere.
Arsene Wenger has revealed his intention to retain the services of French striker Jeremie Aliadiere.
The 23-year-old forward has long been held in high regard at Arsenal, but a serious knee injury picked up in 2004 hampered his progress and he has taken a long time to regain his form.
Aliadiere has been linked with a move away from Arsenal in January, but Wenger is keen to keep the forward in North London and he highlighted his potential with a starring show in the Carling Cup win over Liverpool on Tuesday.
Wenger was not surprised to see Aliadiere shine at Anfield and although he admits his compatriot is frustrated, the Gunners chief is keen to keep hold of him.
"I don't like to lose Jeremie Aliadiere," Wenger told Sky Sports News. "He doesn't play enough but I persisted with him for the last month as I have seen signs in training that he has really made a big step forward.
"He made an outstanding performance (against Liverpool) and I am not surprised as he puts in that kind of performance in training.
"He has not yet transferred that into the Premier League, but he did it tonight."
Wenger also has Thierry Henry, Robin van Persie, Emmanuel Adebayor and Theo Walcott as attacking options and he is aware that he may find it tough to appease Aliadiere.
"I don't want to sell him," stressed Wenger. "He is not happy because he does not play enough, but we will try to keep him."