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
Height 1.73 m /5 ft 8 in
Weight 68 kg /10 st 10 lbs