‘St Totteringham’s Day’: Arsenal tipped to finish above Tottenham Hotspur by former striker Jeremie Aliadiere

22 Mar

Jeremie Aliadiere believes Arsenal will finish above Tottenham Hotspur this season to secure Champions League football.

In what is Unai Emery’s first season in charge at the Emirates, the Gunners have endured a topsy-turvy campaign under the Spaniard.

A 22-game unbeaten run in all competitions suggested a huge overhaul, but that was brought to a swift end at Southampton.

Aliadiere has backed Spurs to finish below Arsenal this season

And then, defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup ended any chance of a domestic trophy having been eliminated by rivals Tottenham Hotspur.

However, Aliadiere (who played 50 times for the club) believes Emery can exact his revenge by finishing higher than Spurs in the Premier League.

“I believe so, yeah, I think they will,” Aliadiere told Jim White on talkSPORT.

“I think they will finish in the Top Four – I don’t know if they will be third or fourth – but I think, in my opinion, it is the safest bet of them playing Champions League.

Unai Emery took charge of Arsenal last summer

“I just think the Europa League is tough. I know they are in the quarter-finals, but I still think beating Napoli over two legs will be tough.

“You’ve still got Chelsea in it and I think putting all your eggs in that basket [winning the Europa League] will be difficult.”

Arsenal have to face Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton away before the end of the season, but these are the only top ten sides they will face before the season ends on May 12.

Despite appearing to have the easiest run-in of the European contenders, Aliadiere warned his former side against complacency.

Tottenham knocked the Gunners out of the Carabao Cup

“I do think as well, they’ve got the easiest run compared to the other top teams,” he added.

“But, as you know, playing away at teams like Burnley won’t be easy games.

“And sometimes you think, you’ve got an easier game but it’s never easy at the end of the season.”

Patrice Evra slammed by former Arsenal man Jeremie Aliadiere: ‘He sends a bad message to young people’

21 Mar

Former Arsenal star Jeremie Aliadiere has hit out at Patrice Evra for his behaviour on social media.

Evra, the ex-Manchester United defender, was accused of homophobia by Paris Saint-Germain after mocking the French champions over their Champions League exit.

In a video posted on social media on Monday, the Frenchman said: “This is Manchester. Stop going off on one [about PSG] and validating teams who will never win anything.

“Even my cousin who is in the front [of the car] is p***** off. Paris, you are some f****ts, some f****ts, I’m telling you. We [United] put our D team [against PSG] and we did you.

Aliadiere joined Jim White

“Some kids played, they used to clean my boots. They don’t even have sperm [yet]. Paris, you are some p*****s.”

PSG strongly condemned Evra’s words and now fellow Frenchman Aliadiere has followed suit.

Speaking to Jim White on talkSPORT, the Arsenal ‘Invincible’ has accused his former France Under-21s team-mate of being a bad role model.

“I just can’t believe he’s done that,” he said.

“It’s completely unnecessary and there are young children that follow him on social media.

“That’s what these guys don’t realise – the image an the message they send kids – you tell them that it’s appropriate to say all them insults to Paris or whoever it is.

Patrice Evra celebrated United’s victory at the Parc des Princes with Paul Pogba

“He’s not someone that I’ve warmed to because I’m very respectful of everyone.

“We’re all human at the end of the day. I just feel that by being a footballer he feels like he’s untouchable and can do whatever he wants.

“There’s no problem with having an opinion but there’s a way of saying it.

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“At the end of the day, it’s a football match. Man United won, well done, you’re an ex-Man United player.

“Just be humble. One day the wheel might turn and then in a year or so Paris might beat Man United and what are you going to get then?”

Evra issued an apology following PSG’s statement, claiming the French media have twisted his words.

He said: “I made a video as a joke, as a friend, and because I used the word [f****t], they [French media] translated as I am against the gay people.

“I’m not homophobic because you know who I am, I’m Mr I Love This Game, I love everyone.

“If I offend or hurt anyone, I really apologise but you know it was not my intention.”

Aaron Ramsey leaving Arsenal on a free is CRIMINAL especially since the club struggle to attract the world’s best players, according to Jeremie Aliadiere

21 Mar

Jérémie Aliadière has slammed Arsenal for allowing Aaron Ramsey to leave on a free because they struggle to attract the best players in the world.

The former Gunners striker came through the ranks at Highbury in his early career, playing alongside the likes of Dennis Bergkamp and Thierry Henry in north London.

Aliadiere has slammed Arsenal’s decision to let Ramsey leave on a free

At the peak of his powers, Arsene Wenger masterminded the club to a Premier League title without losing a game in 2004.

However, as the Frenchman’s power began to wane, so did the club and the club’s hierarchy decided to replace Wenger with former Paris Saint-Germain boss Unai Emery in the summer.

And the club will have to delve into the transfer window to replace another key figure at the Emirates when Ramsey joins Juventus in the summer – a decision the former Middlesborough and Leyton Orient striker cannot comprehend.

Aliadière told Jim White on talkSPORT: “It pains me every time I get to the Emirates and I see lately how well he is performing, knowing he won’t be there next season.

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“Having such a talent – and he is a team player – he will work for the team, he will do anything for the team before himself.

“He will see the benefit of the team.

“And just losing a player like this on a free, for me, is criminal.

“Arsenal has become a club which doesn’t attract too many top players because you just don’t really know what direction they are going in.

The Frenchman eventually left the Gunners in 2007

“Which, with Arsene Wenger for 22 years, was the same direction.

“These days, it’s like everybody is a bit in limbo – you don’t really know if they are going to be there next season or not which is difficult for everybody.”

Matteo Guendouzi urged to make Arsenal transfer by former Gunners striker Jeremie Aliadiere

10 Sep

It seems Arsenal have been lucky when it comes French club Lorient.

They signed defender Laurent Koscielny from there in 2010 and appear to have plucked another gem Matteo Guendouzi.

Last month the midfielder revealed talks with former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere – a Lorient team-mate – convinced him to snub the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund and sign for the Gunners.

Aliadiere, who joined Arsenal as a 16-year-old, was in no doubt about Guendouzi’s quality

The 19-year-old has played in all four Premier League games so far under manager Unai Emery and has excited Gooners.

“It’s true there were a lot of clubs interested in me — I had talks with some of the biggest clubs in Europe,” Guendouzi revealed.

“But as soon as I heard from Arsenal, the decision was very simple and I’m very happy to be here.

“I did speak to Jeremie about Arsenal and he said it’s a place where I can progress and learn a great deal from the staff here.

“He always spoke very positively and that made me feel very confident in the choice that I’d made. It’s the club of my heart.

“There have been a lot of French players here and Thierry Henry is a symbol in France after his long career here. I used to watch Arsenal games with my father and it has a special place in my heart.”

Matteo Guendouzi joined Arsenal from Lorient in the summer

And Aliadiere, 35, has confirmed he did give his former club a glowing reference.

“I knew when I first saw Matteo that he had something special and that a lot of clubs would be after him,” he said.

“I said to him that for his development Arsenal would definitely be the right place for him. You can go to big clubs and never get a chance but Arsenal always give you a chance to their young players.”

Aliadiere came through the Gunners’ academy, having joined at 16, before making his debut in the 2001/02 season. He never managed to nail down a regular first team spot, but has fond memories of the club he left for good in 2007.

Former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere says Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is stopping Paul Pogba from reaching ‘next level’

1 Jul

Former Arsenal forward Jeremie Aliadiere believes Jose Mourinho is preventing Manchester United ace Paul Pogba from taking his game to the next level.

Pogba, the midfielder, is currently representing France at the World Cup, helping them through to the quarter-finals by topping their group and then defeating Argentina in the round-of-16.

Pogba was outstanding in France’s defeat of Argentina

Despite starting the tournament relatively slowly, Pogba came to life with a brilliant performance against La Albiceleste; he dominated the midfield area, launching numerous attacks by utilising his brilliant range of passing.

He was praised for his leadership abilities, and this is the kind of showing many want to see from Pogba on a weekly basis playing for Manchester United.

Since rejoining the Red Devils from Juventus in summer 2016, the defining characteristic of Pogba’s career has been a lack of consistency, with a world class performance one week followed by a lethargic one the next.

Much of the criticism for Pogba’s struggles at Old Trafford has been directed at Mourinho, the United manager, with many believing the midfielder would look better playing for a more offensive team, such as local rivals Manchester City.

And Frenchman Aliadiere, who spent six years contracted to Arsenal, feels Mourinho is preventing Pogba from joining the elite players at the pinnacle of the world game.

Speaking to the Weekend Sports Breakfast, Pogba said: “When you train with a manager day in, day out you get that momentum, and if that manager doesn’t let you play the way you want to play football, it’s difficult to switch as soon as you get in the French squad.

“The players that are performing now have been performing all year, and they’ve been ready and training all year. It’s not just ‘here’s the World Cup. I haven’t performed all season for Man United, but now I’m going to do it for France’.

“I remember him at Juventus, before he joined Man United, and he was a completely different player.

“I’m feeling a bit that Jose Mourinho doesn’t really give him what he needs to get to the next level, and to carry on performing like he used to.”

Pogba and Mourinho had a heated exchange on the sidelines when Man United lost to Tottenham in February

Some of the criticisms directed at Pogba at club level have also dogged him on the international stage, with his lack of consistency showing up when the 25-year-old represents Les Bleus.

Discussing Pogba’s international career, Aliadiere explained how the population of France view the midfielder.

“Some games he wants to play and is brilliant, and other games he’s just very nonchalant,” he continued. “You just don’t feel he gives 100 per cent, or he’s fighting or working hard.

“That’s what we all kind of feel [about Pogba] in France.

“Yesterday he had a graet game because the players around him had a good game, so he kind of feels like ‘oh good, we are all having a good game, everybody’s turned up today so let’s have fun’.

“But when we really need him, and the team needs him in the middle with the ball to come forward, sometimes he’s not really there.

“It’s a mixed feeling with him.”


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