Jeremie Aliadiere is frustrated at his lack of first-team opportunities with Arsenal and is beginning to consider whether he may need to leave to further his career.
The Frenchman, whose contract runs out in 2009, has returned to north London from a loan spell at Wolves but is finding it tough to force his way back into the reckoning.
'I'm back at Arsenal, which is what I always wanted. But I thought I'd have played more - and I'm disappointed,' Aliadiere told BBC Sport.
'I understand there is a lot of competition at Arsenal and I love the club. I don't want to leave - but my career is more important.'
The striker's solution is to keep trying to attract Arsene Wenger's attention but to perhaps review his options once the mid-season transfer window opens.
'I'm just going to do my best until January and then I'll see,' he said.
'I'm 23 and I'm still young and I want play every week.'
Should he decide to move, Arsenal's Barclays Premiership rivals will doubtless be highly interested - and Aliadiere suggests they could be in business too.
'I want to stay in England and I want to stay in the Premiership,' he said.
Aliadiere missed most of the 2004-2005 campaign with a knee ligament injury and a double hernia.
He is anxious to make up for lost time, adding: 'I'm ready to play, but the manager hasn't given me the opportunity.'