A summer trial with Arsenal left Alharbi el-Jadeyaoui 'exhausted', but the Moroccan midfielder claims he will 'never forget' being granted an opportunity to train with the north London club.
El-Jadeyaoui, who plays in the French second tier with Algers, has revealed the full details of how he was offered the chance to join-up with the Gunners during pre-season - an experience that has left its mark on the 27-year-old.
The former Brest player explained how he was approached by the general manager of Alger and informed of Arsenal's desire to see him at close quarters, before leaving for London to work under Arsene Wenger for a few days.
Arsenal's heavy French contingent immediately allowed El-Jadeyaoui to fell settled among the expensively assembled, although he was soon physically shattered as he struggled to keep up with the pace of training.
"The first day in the changing-room Olivier Giroud came and said hello to everyone," he told France Football.
"In front of me he told: 'Larbi, what are you doing here?' I knew him and Laurent Koscielny. I played against them a few years ago. It was immediately easier with the foreign players, they saw I knew those guys.
"Arsene Wenger never intervenes during training sessions. He comes, watches everything and leaves. He has about 10 assistants. But you can feel he is really here. He watches out for everything.
"There is huge respect from the players who call him boss. In the changing-room, he told me: 'Are you okay? Not too hard?' I was exhausted, I just wanted to go back home, eat and sleep."
The testing sessions he encountered not he training pitch, however, have led El-Jadeyaoui to take a more professional outlook on his life, and will always remember the time he spent with Arsenal.
He added: "I learnt so much in two days. I feel more demanding with my-self now. It was amazing to have experienced that. I'll never forget."
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