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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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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 22 2007

Time: 2:22PM

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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...
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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.
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22/10/2007 14:42:00

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22/10/2007 14:43:00

bye bye
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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!!
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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.
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22/10/2007 15:05:00

we should rest fabregas flamini hleb for this weeks champs lg. bring in diarra gilberto denilson
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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.
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22/10/2007 16:10:00

if he wants to move, then i want us to make good profit on him..
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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
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22/10/2007 16:41:00

We should keep Diarra and flog Eboue.. Diarra plays great at LB, and he'd be able to fill in CM.. Eboue is too unstable at the back (never know when he might dive, fake an injury, or do something stupid) and hes ineffective on the wing
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22/10/2007 17:27:00

ZAgooner, Eboue plays on the right
fran merida
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22/10/2007 17:46:00

oops well either way.. Diarra plays on the right too
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22/10/2007 17:57:00

He is an Idiot complaining after the ink is barley dry on his contract. I was very suprised he signed as he would have no gaurantees of 1st team football. I was suprised Chavski sold him and even more suprised to Le ARSE!
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22/10/2007 19:17:00

He is a fool. He thinks he is better then he is. A player that has that attitude is dangerous. He should be working his ass of in training instead of moaning and complaining. He complained that it was our fault that he didnt play at Chelsea and now he feels that its everyone at arsenal thats to blaim for him not playing. Time to look at yourself and realise you are not better then the players ahead of you
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22/10/2007 19:44:00

our beloved leader said he's going to watch it, so I am as well. But it's taken until 26 minutes for any meaningful action to happen between the Barcodes and the relegation fodder. Michael Owen had a proper TH14 chance, left hand side but good save from the fat one's stand in. All in all though it's been quite turgid. Come on Newcastle!
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22/10/2007 20:29:00

Oh and Darren Bent has started. Deary me he's bad. Whoever authorised £16.5m should be congratulated many, many times over!
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22/10/2007 20:32:00

dear god the officials are bad.... Newcastle freekick, ricochets off a spud player and it's a goal kick. Just what do the officials watch? Did they get a text message at that time?
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22/10/2007 20:39:00

yesss!!! Martins, 1-0!
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22/10/2007 20:45:00

The derby of the Jabbas. will this be the end of the Dutch one?
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22/10/2007 21:07:00

footballistacially speaking, this - technically - is awful. I've seen better passing from kids on the park behind my house.
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22/10/2007 21:09:00

lol. As I wrote that, Newcastle 2-0!! hahaha
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22/10/2007 21:09:00

For Bendtner, read Diarra. I have no idea how the squad all perform in training, but no-one can really complain about the excellent job Sgt Flamini has done so far this season (not that anyone has, of course...), so consequently, he plays in the team. Diarra must wait for an opportunity in the team and take it. He played well in the Carling Cup, showed what he can do, but that ompetition very much serves as a warm-up/testing ground for the league. I think we are all encouraged by what we've seen of Diarra so far, but he will surely get a chance to show what he can do in the league, and when he does, make himself undroppable...
»»Arsene Knows««
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22/10/2007 21:14:00

shame, 2-1. Is it a standard spud comeback? Or can Newcastle keep them in the relegation zone? The tension is just too much.....
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22/10/2007 21:20:00

If he is unwilling to wait his turn, then let him go. He knew (or should have known) about this when he signed, so why complain now? I cant see us losing too much money on the kid though, so not a big loss. I would like him to stick around.
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22/10/2007 21:31:00

500th goal at St. James' Park. 3-1 Newcastle, James Milner. You have to laugh, you really do!
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22/10/2007 21:32:00

yeah it's a bit lame to do this talking in the public... where does it get you? nowhere. You only lose points with the fans now and then. Why not look up to someone like Gilberto - the man is a legend.
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22/10/2007 21:51:00

(take a peek at the spuds front page and forum, it's gonna cheer you up)
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22/10/2007 21:51:00

3-1 newcastle! Spuds stay 3rd from bottom. I'm beginning to feel sorry for the poor bloke who sits right next to me in the office...
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22/10/2007 21:56:00

I was just going to do that, G4L. I doubt that lot can be creative. Jol out, I hear, without even needing to log on to that page.
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22/10/2007 21:57:00

Jol out? That's nothing prits... How about Dawson out, Kaboul out, the lot of them out... amazing stuff.
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22/10/2007 22:09:00

You got to be ******** kidding me. Not two months after he joined he wants out by christmas. He will play this year in the CC and the FA cup. And next year he will probably not have Gilberto in front of him. But he does need to shut up and keep these things out of the press.
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22/10/2007 23:35:00

Hey, cock, you wish your club bought Diarra, especially as your central midfield needs someone with talent.
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23/10/2007 00:55:00

Btw, Spurs lost 3-1. What will it take to fire Jol?
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23/10/2007 00:55:00

Lehmann, Gilberto, Bendtner and now Diarra who are quite unsettle at the club. Should we worry?
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23/10/2007 01:14:00

diarra needs to be patient, fact of the matter is flamster and fabs will need a rest eventually, and this might provide opportunity for him, diaby, bert and denilson on rotation. but if he is going to moan like a schoolboy then someone show him the door pls.
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23/10/2007 01:56:00

At some point there will be a bit of rotation, enforced by injuries and suspensions, or to rest players. He's versatile, so he might yet get a chance. I don't think Gilberto and Lehmann are unsettled, they're obviously unhappy about not playing but they are professionals.
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23/10/2007 07:36:00

I don't want any of them to leave except maybe Lehmann. I don't like the way he's talking crap about his own teammate.
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23/10/2007 09:09:00

I Lehmann goes we're in the market for a keeper. I'd like us to get someone with experience, not another long-term prospect.
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23/10/2007 11:49:00

firstly i think this is taken out of an interview which can be misleading. he is only saying what every player will say and that they want to play. he is not stupid though and i think this is the media trying to disrupt our good start, everything is perfect at arsenal right now and they are trying to unsettle the team by printing stuff like this, which yes he said, but you will prob have to hear the whole thing to decide if they were probing him, which i guess they were.
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23/10/2007 13:18:00


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