Thierry went nuts and had a go at Wenger after sub for an unlikely reason: former Gunner Aliadiere
- Ex-striker Aliadiere says Henry was ‘nuts’ at Arsene’s call to take him off.
- However, it was because the Frenchman wanted to assist Jeremie on his debut.
- It was Aliadiere’s only league appearance that season.
Ex-Gunner Jeremie Aliadiere reveals the legendary Frenchman was outraged at Wenger’s call to sub him off in 2002 - but with a good intention in mind.
Appearing on Arsenal Nation: the Podcast, Aliadiere said:
“I came on for Thierry, Thierry came off. I only came on, I think it was 10 minutes before the end.
“If I tell you how mad Thierry was to come off at the end… He was nuts and really started having a go at Arsene at the end of the game.
“Because you know why? Not because he was coming off at the end of the game, because he wanted me to score on my debut, so he wanted to stay on the pitch to give me an assist.
“And I just felt respect for the guy; I was a young player coming on and he was like, ‘nah, I want to stay on the pitch to help you out, help you score on your debut’.”
This substitute appearance turned out the only league game Aliadiere took part in, which means he didn’t qualify for the medal at the end of the campaign. However, the Frenchman got one in 2004 - after the Gunners’ unbeaten season saw them lift the trophy once again.