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Monday, July 30, 2007

Diarra Arsenal bound?

By 1970's Gooner

There’s no smoke without fire. First the Daily Mail and now Sky Sports are insisting that Lassana Diarra of Chelsea is close to agreeing a move to Arsenal. Sky Sports states that the two clubs are understood to be in talks over a deal.

It is reported that Diarra is disappointed at the lack of first team action last season and at the diminishing prospects of seeing some action this coming campaign. Diarra who is 22 started only seven games last season and made three substitute appearances.

He was brought in from French club Le Havre in 2005 as a natural replacement for Makelele. But Chelsea still have Makelele on their books who has now decided to see his contract out rather than move on. They also have Michael Essien, Steve Sidwell and John Obi Mikel so he obviously doesn’t see himself ahead of them in the pecking order.

But what is baffling is why he would want to come to Arsenal and even more surprising why Wenger would want to sign him!

The question begs itself when you look at the central midfielders at Wenger’s disposal: Fabregas, Diaby, Gilberto, Denilson, Flamini, and Song. In addition Djourou can be utilized in this position as he has been tried with success in the last game of the season at Portsmouth and even Toure can play there if need be.

Out of the six natural central midfielders only three at the most can play at the same time depending on the formation chosen and I rate Song, theoretically last in the pecking order, very highly.

I can only conclude that either there is no truth whatsoever in this rumor or that Wenger will soon be selling or loaning out one of the fringe midfielders in the squad.

By the process of elimination only Flamini and Song would be vulnerable. Flamini had an excellent game against Inter Milan in the Emirates Cup and has only recently agreed to remain at Arsenal.

On the other hand Song has been used out of position as a central defender in the friendlies in Austria and had a very good season at Charlton on loan. Is this about to be repeated?

Lassana Diarra Fact File

Date of Birth 10/03/1985
Place of Birth Paris, France
Nationality France
Height 1.73 m /5 ft 8 in
Weight 68 kg /10 st 10 lbs
Position Midfield


Anonymous said...


There's no smoke without fire? The media make up more stories of this kind each year than you can possibly imagine. It's not totally impossible because he's a good player, but it seems extremely unlike unless Wenger makes some other changes to accomodate for him, which doesn't seem particularly likely, important or helpful.

Anonymous said...

I afree that Song has the potential to star in the midfield for Arsenal. He has been berated by some unthoughtful fans in the past but his performances for Charlton have been quality.

I hope this Diara story is only a rumour

Anonymous said...

Perhaps the future central midfield pairing of Diarra and Diaby could mimick the legendary pairing of Vieira and Makalele for the French national side. Although, this begs the question where would Fabregas, arguably Arsenal's best player play? I personnally think that Diarra is a better player than Flamini and would be happy to see him join.

Anonymous said...

Can't believe what I read. The reason why we didn't compete last season is because of our lack of strength in central midfield. We are desperate for Vieria/ Petit type replacements.

Anonymous said...

Is there any truth in the speculation that Gilgerto Silva is / was upset at not being handed the captains armband & that his international manager has advised him to leave the Arsenal for pastures a new in Italy i.e Juve...

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