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 Arsenal.com 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 Arsenal.com: "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.