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There IS Room For Diarra

Lassana Diarra, if reports are to be believed, wants out of Arsenal, claiming Arsene Wenger doesn't need him.

Diarra has the need to play football, who can blame him, and despite claiming that things were 'ok' at Arsenal, the Frenchman does have prior when it comes to wanting out.

If Lassana feels like he isn't needed, then I think it's time to make him feel needed. 99% of his performances for Arsenal have been of an extremely high standard, despite not having a susstained run in the team.

The Arsenal has an embarrassment of riches in midfield, the first choice pairing of Flamini & Fabregas, the leggy Diaby, the brilliant Denilson, and the invisible (I removed the 'wall' part) Gilberto.

I feel it's inevitable that Gilberto will leave either in the new year or the summer (and it's not something I'd begrudge him either), Diaby seems to be consistently getting shoved out on the wing these days, and if I'm being honest, he starting to look pretty good out there too. That leaves three players for two positions. Plenty of opportunities.

There will always be injuries, and there will definitely be suspensions (especially if Cesc doesn't calm down & Denilson doesn't learn to tackle), the seasons are long, tough and strength in depth is needed, there is definitely place for this quality player.

I really hope that Lassana can find the patience within himself to wait it out, because he can be a world class player for The Gunners, and if he can reproduce the kind of the performance he did against Blackburn on a regular basis, he'll be first choice in no time.



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Writer:Rocky7
Date:Wednesday December 19 2007
Time: 12:12PM

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We can't yet be certain that Flamini will sign a new contract and it is his role - in front of Gilberto that Diarra would satisfy. If he's intelligent enough he will at least wait until that issue has been resolved. Even if Flamini stays, which on present form we would all, I am sure, hope is the case, then Diarra would still get a fair number of games sharing the position. Gilberto is no real long term threat even if he sees his contract out until the end of next season. Denilson is ultimately back up to Cesc and Diaby and Eboue to Rosicky & Hleb so Diarra doesn't really have that much in front of him.
Amos.
19/12/2007 12:23:00
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i have watched Diarra in recent weeks, he works hard and has an excellent pass. i would definately give him a chance. i think himself and Cecc would make an excellent partnership. am hoping we dont lose him.
Unwell
19/12/2007 12:26:00
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It's true Amos, and I really want him to stay. His style fits in perfectly with the Arse!! He's definately of the swashbuckling mould!!
Rocky7
19/12/2007 12:27:00
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I would like to see flam and diarra genuinely sharing the position. literally taking it in turns to play for the first team and not always giving the best games to Flam. I cant choose between them. they are both fantastic players. however, usually in these situations, something gives. perhaps the form of one of them will dip and never return. we cant throw one of them away - both must stay.
gazzap
19/12/2007 12:32:00
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diarra is a better player than flamini
EBOUE4LIFE
19/12/2007 12:37:00
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Love to see the way you back up your argument there E4L
AFC85Lew
19/12/2007 12:41:00
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he is flamini is playing out of his skin this season but long term diarra will be more useful he is a better passer ,faster shame don't people see how overated flamini actually is.
EBOUE4LIFE
19/12/2007 12:43:00
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I actually agree with E4L. If we had both players playing red hot, full tilt, firing on all cylinders, I think Diarra would emerge as the better player. That's not to take anything away from Flamini though who has been awesome this season!!
Rocky7
19/12/2007 12:46:00
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I would be very upset if Flam does not extend his stay here - he is a wonderful example for players who at times find themselves on the fringes of teams and think about quitting and asking for a transfer. As far as Lassana - he is a bloody good player, but if all what is reported is true (namely the L'Equipe interview), he has chosen the wrong way out - and the wrong way in the Arsenal starting 11. As I mentioned in one of my posts in the forum - I understand his desire to play fully. However, what I do not understand is why many players like him, who come to a new club, do not realise the necessity of integrating themselves into the unit and becoming part of the 'family'. By acting like this they become nothing but footballing mercenaries who wander from club to club in search for a better contract or more playing time. In my eyes, it robs them of sense in their footballing careers.
G4L
19/12/2007 13:00:00
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Lets not compare these two. We are rating Diara better than someone who puts in simillar performances week in week out (CONSITENTLY). This is the second 11 and Wenger knows why.I bet 100 they will have icepacks on there legs for two days after yesterdays perfromance. They are very good, no doubt but I still think the first 11 is perfect as it is. I am more comfortable seeing Flamini, Ade and Kolo facing the big guns than Diara, Bendtner and Song any day.
Readgunner
19/12/2007 13:03:00
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