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Diarra And The Saturday Surprise

You think that after ten years in charge of my beloved Gunners that it would be impossible for Arsene Wenger to spring a surprise on me wouldn't you?

Well after Le Boss informed us that coming up to the close of the transfer window there would 'be no players in & no players out' the sneaky Frenchman sprang a surprise.

My usual deadline day ritual is to sit up till around 3am clicking refresh on the home page waiting for news of the impending signing of Samuel Eto'o or Kaka, but on this occasion I went to my bed early after believing Arsene and his lies.

So it was a lovely surprise to wake up this morning (bright and early thanks to my son and his nappy) to find Arsene has gotten the dusty old cheque book out of his pocket and nicked the impressive Lassana Diarra from the lotto Russians.

After being reliably informed by our loving friends over at Vital Chelsea that he was going nowhere, Diarra has made for an exquisite Saturday surprise.

I believe Diarra will be long term replacement for the invisible wall, and Wenger himself see's him playing through the middle despite being more than capable at right back.

Arsène Wenger said to "Lassana is a multi-functional player, making him a great addition to our squad. Not only is he hard working, he has a creative edge and is comfortable playing in the middle of the pitch or at right back."

And the Frenchman seemed more than happy with the move. "I have great respect for the manager Arsène Wenger and am attracted by the style of football that the team plays. Of course I am excited by what the future holds and keen to play my part in helping Arsenal fight for trophies this season and for years to come."

As usual, the fee was undisclosed.

Happy Saturday dudes.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday September 1 2007

Time: 9:38AM

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But the 'no player in and no player out' statement was accompanied by a cheeky smile :). Now we know why. I wonder how Diarra will fit into the short term plans of Arsenal, what with our already congested central mid-field. But I am willing to wait and see what Wenger has planned. After all, a lot of us were surprised at the Sagna signing considering we thought there was no immediate need for a RB, and thats worked out quite well.
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01/09/2007 09:42:00

Always seen Diarra as a Makelele type defensive midfielder, but far more skillful than Gilberto. A good addition.
Wyn Mills
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01/09/2007 09:46:00

Good addition to the squad, espically as our right back position is prone to injury during this early part of the season. Our gain is Chelsea's loss!
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01/09/2007 09:52:00

Chelsea' loss AGAIN, Red3, Again!!!
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01/09/2007 09:55:00

lol, he said the same stuff b4 reyes came!
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01/09/2007 10:17:00

haha at Arsenal becoming our dumping place.. God luck Diarra but with a 3 year younger and 100 times better player infront of you you just wouldnt stand a chance. Mikel is just to good. Not to mention the other players you where up against. Essien,Lampard,Makelele,Ballack. You will have a better time at Arsenal where the quality of players is much lower then at the Bridge
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01/09/2007 10:19:00

Sour Grapes Anyone ?
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01/09/2007 10:23:00

Do I sense a touch of bitterness the makelele? Everyone at the Bridge rates Diarra extremely highly and wanted him to replace your namesake.......well he will, just not at your freakshow of a club :P
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01/09/2007 10:24:00

All jokes aside. I really thought he would replace Makelele but after some seasons at Chelsea his improvemnt has been zero. He didnt evolve into what I expected to be honest. For a DM he isnt stabil, he get caught out of position a lot of times. And also his passing isnt good. All in all he is very much like Flamini, a utility man. And when you allready got a Flamini then why get another one? Chelsea have Mikel, someone thats improving every single game and really showingsign of becoming world class by the minute.
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01/09/2007 10:29:00

how much did you pay, dya reckon?
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01/09/2007 10:33:00

Its being reported he went between 4-5£ million
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01/09/2007 10:37:00

He's such a bad player Chelsea didn't want to sell him to us, eh?. The Chavs had to sell cos he would have come to us for free in January if they hadn't. Chelsea's that Jose can't remember how many players he's got, there are so many surplus to requirements.
Wyn Mills
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01/09/2007 10:44:00

Dont understand this deal really, he is not better than any of our current mids apart from Song. This will only cause congestion, he complained at chelski he didnt get enough game time in the middle of the park, it will be harder for him here me thinks.
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01/09/2007 10:44:00

I thought that also hazza, but there has obviously been discussions somewhere along the line that has convinced Diarra somehow. And his development may not have progressed at Chelsea but Wenger has a history of improving players when they have previously faultered. Vieira, Henry, Bergkamp etc etc.....improved these players no end.
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01/09/2007 10:48:00

Well this was bound to happen lads, young Frenchman who can play in different positions and his name sounds like lasagne. These things are the work of a higher power fellas :D Welcome to Arsenal Lassana..
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01/09/2007 11:29:00

Any press release from chelsea saying Diarra was going to score own goals yet chaps? Maybe we could conjure one up!
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01/09/2007 11:31:00

Good signing i think! Just surprised tha Chelski allowed him to go to Aresenal, makes you wonder if they know something the rest of us don't
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01/09/2007 11:50:00

No they don't, infact, they don't know anything the rest of us do!!!
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01/09/2007 11:53:00

If you are that interesting in our left over you should have given us a call and we would have given you Johnson also:) Didnt see Arsenal as a left over team, untill now that is
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01/09/2007 12:00:00

Erm who did Cole & Sidwell formerly play for??
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01/09/2007 12:07:00

Cole - Top 3 Best left back in the world, hardly what you call left overs...
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01/09/2007 12:12:00

to paraphrase the old "Ringo aint even the best drummer in the Beatles" gag "he ain't even the best left back at Chelsea" that honour goes to the Waynester. We had Cashleys better years when he chased balls not bucks.
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01/09/2007 12:17:00

Gallas, one of the best CB's in the world......pot kettle black geezer.
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01/09/2007 12:19:00

I really don't see Diarra as anyone's left over, he played right back against us last season. And he looked very good, have only seen him a couple of times in midfield. So not so sure how he will shape up their
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01/09/2007 12:26:00

I can seriously see The Flamster & Song departing in the new year.
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01/09/2007 12:51:00

nice to see some players still actually want to play the game instead of lining their pockets while sitting on the bench. lets see what "Le Boss" can make out of this lad. As for Cole.... i wouldnt call him leftovers... i can think of much better things to call that bag of ******!
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01/09/2007 12:56:00

Exactly my thoughts Rocky. I actually see either Song or the Flamster departing, with my money being on the former. Its going to be a case of 'may the best man win', and I think Wenger is going to let the performances of the mid-fielders decide that for him this season. Diarra is a quality addition to the squad, and it does add some depth in case of injury. I did not expect any signings in this window, so I am pleasantly surprised there is one.
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01/09/2007 13:05:00

makelele - your opinions reek of sour grapes. I know a few Chelsea fans who are quite disappointed at letting a quality player go.
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01/09/2007 13:07:00

My best mate is a chelski fan (He has other qualities) just called me and said what a great player he is! Makelele do you ever go to watch your games? Or do you just fall asleep during them?
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01/09/2007 13:42:00

we can gain to lose this isn't how its suppose to go
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01/09/2007 14:30:00

Babe...shut up. We gain and hope to lose! Song and Flaminu can happily walk away now.
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01/09/2007 14:45:00

Wenger's making this a bit of a habit now...wonder who'll we'll grab from Chelsea at next year's deadline? Seems like a good deal...and Chelsea gets 4 to 5 mill instead of nothing, so I doubt they're complaining despite having to deal with us again. As for Song, I take it nobody's sold on his ability to play as a center back? Cause I certainly don't see any room for him to play in midfield (unless it's in the Carling Cup).
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01/09/2007 14:54:00

Another article that pokes fun of us.You've not grown as a person rocky, I'm not surpise :P
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01/09/2007 15:22:00

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01/09/2007 15:22:00

What the bloody hell is he going to bring to us that nobody in the current squad couldn't??? Play RB if Eboue, Sagna and Hoyte get clobbered??? Play in DM if Gilberto, Song, Diaby, Flamini and Denilson get clobbered??? It's giving me a headache, CB during ACN maybe???
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01/09/2007 15:27:00

Makalele could make a fine vintage wine with those sour grapes. A dumping ground for leftovers? How are Shevchenko and Ballack doing down at the bodge? Gilberto is a 1000 times better than mikel so its not as if Diarra has taken the easy option by coming to us is it?
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01/09/2007 16:21:00

Diarra will be back up for Gilberto. Denilson, Diaby, Fabregas are all attacking midfielders, Song is yet to impress and Flamini has heart but a suspect footballing brain.
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01/09/2007 16:24:00

Well said, iceman.
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01/09/2007 16:56:00

Slightly off topic, but LOL @ Spuds...I fear it's the end for Jol, which is a shame as he seems pretty cool. Bad result for them though.
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01/09/2007 17:02:00

This is a very good signing and one that the site morons have got right!! From what I've been told he is a very good player wherever he plays and tis could be handy if Gilberto is forced to play in Defence because of injuries to Senderos, Gallas or Toure as I think he might be better than Flams in the 'holding role' although not sure he has the work rate like him tbh.
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01/09/2007 17:17:00

Kev if this article is poking fun at you then you must be THE most sensitive person in the world.
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01/09/2007 19:00:00

makelele, the reason you saw no improvement in Diarra is because Mourinho has NO idea how to develop a player, he's a chequebook manager. Sit back and let Arsene show you all how a master does it.
Little Dutch
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01/09/2007 19:01:00

yo kev.. troubles understanding english eh?.. dont read too much btw the lines.. u may end up makin things worse for urself
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01/09/2007 19:43:00

and btw, 4th place candidates tiny totts have just made my last saturday in malaysia for this year very very memorable.. cant wait to be returning to london next week and watch the gunners running circles arnd them
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01/09/2007 19:46:00

Seems you nicked him off us as well! He was at Fratton tuesday night in the directors box
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01/09/2007 20:38:00

I was just messing with ya rocky, and besides, we all know the most sensitive person in the world is domenech.
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01/09/2007 22:56:00

nicw we got are selves a young cleaner maybe gilberto or flamini will be sold this summer
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02/09/2007 00:30:00

dont think gil would be sold this summer.. hez got a couple of years left in him.. and he excels in defence as well.. u have to see the ingenuity of le prof here.. if defenders get injured.. he can cover at right back, and if gil has to move to central defence owing to that, he covers him in midfield.. where, except big gil, we havent got many options.. denilson, diaby, fabregas.... all are good attacking players and could develop into excellent attacking talents, why not get a player whoz class and can do all the rewuisite cleaning up stuff..we all know what wenger can make out of raw talents, and we all know this boy's got a load of it.. cheers..
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02/09/2007 12:20:00

Maybe he can cover for Senderos
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03/09/2007 00:09:00

I'm quite gutted that he has left us and even more so that he has gone to a title contender. He will become your first choice defencive midfielder and now that he has gone to you I have put him in my fantasy squad because I know he is going to get the games with you. Damn you Arswipes!!!!!!!!!
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04/09/2007 12:25:00


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