Name the Arsenal Invincible who has played alongside new signing Matteo Guendouzi…
Yeah, we gave the answer away with the headline, didn’t we?
It is indeed, Jeremie Aliadiere.
Yep, Aliadiere, who won a Premier League medal in the 2003/04 season, knows the France youth international from his time in France at Lorient.
The duo crossed paths in the 2016/17 season with the midfielder, then breaking through as a 17-year-old, making a positive impression on the ex-Gunner.
“Yeah, I know him,” Aliadiere told Arseblog News.
“I played with him a couple of years ago [at Lorient].
“He’s a very good talent, he’s very mature on the pitch. I think Arsenal will do him good in his attitude outside football.
“He’s not ready yet. But I’m sure that working with big players, in a big club will make him realise what professional football is!”
As someone who has also experienced the pressure of walking into a dressing room full of first team stars, Aliadiere also had some advice for the teenager.
“Work hard…and listen!” he said.
“I’d just listen and keep looking at the guys. You learn a lot, not even by talking, but by the way they train, the way they do stuff.
“I feel these days that the new generation of young players, I’m not going to say they are arrogant, but they are more prepared in their mind, they have got a lot of confidence in themselves and that’s what you need.”
So there we go. Head down, work hard and listen Matteo. Jeremie says so.
Jeremie will be playing for the Arsenal Legends when they take on their Real Madrid counterparts at the Emirates on 8 September. The two sides met in the Santiago Bernabeu last month with the likes of Robert Pires, Sol Campbell, Ray Parlour, Anders Limpar, David Seaman stepping out for the Gunners and Raul, Figo, Clarence Seedorf weaving their magic for the Madrid’s Leyendas.
All proceeds from September’s match will help The Arsenal Foundation and Save The Children provide specially-devised coaching programmes to help build the physical and mental resilience of vulnerable children in the slum communities of Indonesia and Syrian refugee children in Jordan.
Tickets for the Legends showdown are still available and available from £20. It’s a great day out, particularly if you’re looking to introduce kids of your own to football. Book tickets here.