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Impatient Diarra May Seek Move

Impatient Diarra May Seek Move

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.

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Date:Monday October 22 2007
Time: 2:22PM


I'm pretty sure Gilberto is still ahead of Diarra in the pecking order, so barring a major injury crisis, or a Sol-style from loss by Flaminho, this dude is history. Hopefully we can make a good profit on him...
22/10/2007 14:41:00
Lassana's role as a holding MF is currently occupied by an in-form Flamini. Then there's Gilberto. Denilson, Song and especially Diaby haven't really had the chance to play in the 'cleaner' role and I doubt they would before Diarra. Diaby looks more offensively oriented and has played mostly on the left, Song looked much better at CB and Denilson looks like an able stand-in for Fab4. Issues that could open up some space for him to play is the following possibilities: a. Djourou stays at Brum the whole year thus keeping Gilberto and Song as cover for CB (especially in January) which brings Lasanna in contention with Flamini and perhaps Denilson b. Gilberto is sold in January c. Gilberto is sold AND Djourou stays on loan which guarantees lots of playing time for everyone this season.
22/10/2007 14:42:00
22/10/2007 14:43:00
bye bye
22/10/2007 15:04:00
It' a tough one for the kid. I feel for him, but problems like this shold be kept in house!!
22/10/2007 15:05:00
I said it was pointless in signing this dude, another 2M down the drain, well done. Maybe Lyon will be willing to sign him.
22/10/2007 15:05:00
we should rest fabregas flamini hleb for this weeks champs lg. bring in diarra gilberto denilson
22/10/2007 15:28:00
I agree with stukazafuss, I'm not sure why we bought Diarra in the first place, although I felt the same about Sagna and now I can understand why Wenger bought him. Maybe Wenger thought that Gilberto and Flamini would go/not work out, and we needed cover. Wenger also rates Denilson and Diaby highly, and there's no way in the long-term that we can accomodate 4 excellent young players in Fabregas, Denilson, Diaby and Diarra.
22/10/2007 16:10:00
if he wants to move, then i want us to make good profit on him..
22/10/2007 16:37:00
id give him a game or at least a half against slavia, no way against manure or the scousers
22/10/2007 16:41:00
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