By 1970's Gooner
Arsenal have signed Lassana Diarra from Chelsea, some papers say £5m others £2m. Diarra 22, was in the final year of his contract.
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 having agreed a one year extension to his contract.
They also have Michael Essien, Steve Sidwell and John Obi Mikel so obviously Diarra did not see himself ahead of them in the pecking order.
He was disappointed at the lack of first team action last season having only started seven games and making three substitute appearances.
Obviously he saw the writing on the wall and figured out that the prospects of seeing any action this season were almost non existent.
But what is baffling is why he would want to come to Arsenal and even more surprising why Wenger would want to sign him!
All this comes after Wenger, only last week, rejected the Honduran Wilson Palacios who, after going AWOL for a week, was found living in London Colney and on trial with Arsenal.
The reason given by Wenger? “ We have too many midfielders”
Indeed 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 (if he returns from Birmingham in January) can be utilized in this position.
He has been tried there with success in the last game of the season at Portsmouth and last week was deployed in that position by Steve Bruce with glowing reports. Hell 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.
Diarra is a midfielder who can also play at right back.
Hell, Wenger has just bought a new, excellent, right back: Bakary Sagna.
The ever so reliable Justin Hoyte is a very capable understudy and in addition Eboue can always revert to his original position if need be!
Not to mention Flamini who can and has played there all the way to the Semi Final of the Champions League!
Is someone leaving in the January window?
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
Palacios has called home and he is alright. He has impressed Wenger and the medical people
Usmanov’s first love are his metals not Arsenal.
Diaby is the new Vieira and even better