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Arsenal backed to ‘gamble’ on Alexis Claude-Maurice by former Gunner Jeremie Aliadiere

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Alexis Claude-Maurice (c) has already been the subject of Arsenal interest this summer (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Former Arsenal striker Jeremie Aliadiere is fully behind Alexis Claude-Maurice’s proposed move to the Emirates, having seen his talents as team-mates at Lorient.

Aliadiere spent much of his early career at Arsenal, signed to the club from 1999-2007, then went on to have two spells with Lorient, where he came across Claude-Maurice.

Now his former sides are in negotiations over the 21-year-old and Aliadiere thinks the young Frenchman could be a bit of a bargain for the Gunners at around £11.5m.

‘For the money that we talk about I think he’ll make it,’ Aliadiere told ‘It’s about taking a gamble now when other teams aren’t prepared to.

‘The market has gone so crazy in the last few years. If you want a top level international it’s nothing cheaper than £40m.

Jeremie Aliadiere turned out for an Arsenal legends side last year  (Picture: Getty Images)

‘If they’ve only got £45m to spend you’ve got to shop differently, go a bit younger and sign players from second divisions. He’s a good player and has really good qualities.

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‘At a club like Arsenal that gives chances to young players it would be a good step for him.’

It would be a big step up for Claude-Maurice from Ligue 2 to the upper echelons of the Premier League, but Aliadiere believes he has the natural skills to manage it.

‘I remember incredible quick feet, a technical player,’ the former Middlesborough man continued.

‘Technically he was amazing. The only thing – he was young at the time – was making the right decision, passing when you need to pass.

‘He was dribbling all the time when I was there. But he’s a very sharp, skilful player.’

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