Jérémie Aliadière is back in football with Ligue One side Lorient, but only after once again receiving the help of Arsène Wenger.
Aliadière returned to London Coleny in the closing stages of last season, after being granted permission by Wenger to work on his fitness following a series of injuries. The 28-year-old also turned out a handful of times for the Reserves, but struggled to attract potential suitors.
However, a deal with Lorient emerged over the weekend, after Wenger used Arsenal’s good relationship with the club to get the ball rolling. Jérémie confirmed his former managers help in an interview with the Lorient website, saying:
“I think Arsène Wenger had called and requested some information from me since I was there the last four months. That’s how it started and it always helps when there are relationships like between Lorient and Arsenal.”
Aliadière has signed a one year deal with the option for a further three years if he proves his fitness. He may yet be joined by Gilles Sunu and Francis Coquelin, both of whom are still wanted on loan again by the Brittany outfit.