One time 'next Henry' Arsenal injury flop to be 'gladly welcomed' at Marseille

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Jeremie Aliadiere is on the brink of a move to Olympique Marseille from Lorient.

When Jeremie Aliadiere came through the ranks at Arsenal FC he found himself immediately compared to the clubs then star striker, Thierry Henry. Perhaps it was his nationality, his blistering pace or his ability to attack from the left.

But one area they are not similar would have to be in regards to luck. Aliadiere’s career in North London was blighted by several knee injuries - injury problems that continued after he left the club.

When he left Middlesbrough and disappeared from the game for year back in 2010 many believed him to have retired, finally succumbing to the knee problems that had plagued his once promising career.

But, with the help of former boss Arsene Wenger and his connections with French side Lorient, he was given another chance at the game - when Les Merlus signed him in 2011.

Since then he has finally looked like the player we all hoped he would become when he emerged at Arsenal. Last season he scored 19 goals in 34 appearances for the club, as they finished a respectable eighth in Ligue 1.

He was then embroiled in a transfer saga in the summer with plenty of teams at home and abroad interested in snapping him up.

At one point it was even reported the striker was to go on strike, in order to force a move - reports subsequently dismissed by the player himself.

In the end he committed to Lorient and seemed happy to do so. He has not been in the same form this season - and has had some injury struggles once again - but does look like being on the move.

It is believed that he has informed his team-mates that he is on his way out of the club - to join up with Marseille.

Marseille boss Jose Anigo has now confirmed the interest in the player - as Saber Khelifa leaves for a new career in Qatar.

"I know that there have been contacts that have been established…it is under discussion. Yes, it's a good profile is a good player, but Khalifa is a good player too. If Khalifa is not in agreement with his club in Qatar, we gladly keep. If he leaves, we gladly welcome Jeremie Aliadiere ... "

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