There is one simple reason why Jeremie Aliadiere's Arsenal career has never quite taken off - injuries.

The 23-year-old striker scored both goals in the midweek Carling Cup victory at West Brom. For Arsène Wenger it was an indication that, seven years after joining the Club, his bad times could be behind him at last.

"There has been an improvement in him this year definitely," said the Arsenal manager. "He takes more initiative now, he is more powerful and he works very hard as well.

"Jeremie came here as a great prospect but he has had a lot of problems with injury. But this year when we started on the first day, July 4, he has had no problems with injuries.

"I never thought he was a guy who was not serious or going out all the time. He looked to me always like a guy who leads a clean life but he had problems with his ankle, groin. He had surgery, knee surgery and groin surgery and it always takes time to come back from that.

"But he is still a big prospect because we kept confidence in him. When he was really down and we extended his contract last year. That's why we always believed that one day he would get rid of all his problems. It looks like, touch wood, that he is doing that at the moment."

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27 Oct 2006