Thursday, August 21, 2008

Nacer Barazite..........A lesser known Gunner

Barazite started his career as a youth player with NEC Nijmegen in the Netherlands. He joined Arsenal in 2006 and regularly featured for the U18 and Reserve teams throughout 2006–07. He signed a professional contract with the club in in September 2007, having scored for the first team in a pre-season friendly against Barnet the previous month

Barazite made his competitive Arsenal first-team début on October 31, 2007, as a substitute for Eduardo da Silva against Sheffield United in a League Cup Fourth Round match. His second appearance also came as a substitute, for Mark Randall in Arsenal's League Cup quarter-final against Blackburn Rovers on December 18, 2007, but after only 17 minutes on the pitch he was stretchered off with a dislocated shoulder, and replaced by Fran Merida.

Barazite returned to reserve-team action after his injury, and scored his first hat trick for Arsenal in the under-18s, in a 5–2 win over Southampton. The other two were scored by Luke Freeman. Barazite was also named on the Arsenal bench for the final Premier League game against Sunderland on May 11, 2008, but was not brought on.

Barazite featured in Arsenal's preseason campaign for 2008-09, scoring for Arsenal in a 2-1 win against Barnet in a pre-season friendly at Underhill in July. On August 19, 2008 Barazite joined Championship side Derby County on loan until the end of the year.

Hope he will make it to the first team, after his loan spell is over.


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