Date:Monday October 22 2007
Arsenal new boy Lassana Diarra says he may seek a move from the Gunners if he isn't playing by Christmas.
Diarra was signed from Chelsea on the transfer deadline day for £2million, and has only featured in couple of games since then, most notably a fantastic performance against Newcastle in the Carling cup.
The lack of first team action seems to be an unacceptable scenario for Lassana.
The Frenchman told The Times: "For the moment, everything is going fine and I`m learning, but I cannot stay like this for ever.
"I`m not going to wait for a year because I changed clubs in order to play.
"I`m not stupid. If I come to Arsenal and my situation is the same as at Chelsea, then I should have stayed at Chelsea. If I come to Arsenal, it`s to play. In a few months, I`ll have to decide what I want to do."
"I`ve played more games for my country than for my club, which is ridiculous," he said. "When I came to Chelsea, I was 19, so to wait for a year is OK, but when I`m playing for the French national team with the European Championship coming, I need to play regular football. I cannot stay like this, going to training but staying at home at weekends and sometimes playing in the Carling Cup. I cannot accept this now.
"When Wenger signed me, he knew the player I am. I`ve been in this kind of situation before, so it`s not new to me. I`ve waited for a long time, but I`m 22 and cannot wait as I have in the past. I know Arsenal are a very good team, playing good football and top of the league, but I want to play. If I`m not playing by Christmas I may have to go somewhere else."
As excited as I was to hear of the signing of Diarra, his reasons for wanting to leave Chelsea always led me to believe this could possibly be a bad move for the player. Lassana said he wanted more first team action at the Bridge but had too many players in front of him, and despite the fact that only two years ago Arsenal's central midfield was decidedly weak, the Gunners now have a wealth of riches in that position. So much so that even the invisible wall is having problems in getting in the team.
I can't see this one ending well.
Date:Monday October 22 2007
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