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Wenger Confirms Diarra Exit, Sort Of

Arsene Wenger's latest comments have all but confirmed football's worst kept secret that Arsenal midfielder is on his way out of Ashburton Grove.

Diarra signed for Arsenal from Chelsea at the beginning of the season, and despite proving himself to be a magnificent player, the lack of first team opportunities coupled with an impatient attitude means Diarra will not be an Arsenal player for much longer.

In Wenger's Friday press conference, he confirmed that nothing has been decided with regards to Lassana's future, but he'll tell us the news when there is some.

The Frenchman said, '[There is] nothing [to announce] at the moment. When we have some news will give it to you, don't worry,'

I hate to see talent wasted, but to challenge for honours you need players who want to play for the club, and whilst I rate Diarra highly, we have no place for the wrong attitude.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 11 2008

Time: 3:49PM

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Typical Chavvy little moron.
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11/01/2008 15:58:00

Well people keep saying we let go English kids. The problem is that, English or foreign, some of these kids are just too impatient to wait for their chances. It just happens that quite a few English kids we had were more impatient than others. And on the other hand, Seb Larsson wanted first-team football too but realistically accepted that he was 'not good enough' (his words) to compete with the likes of Cesc so he had to go to further his career. And he's big enough to admit it and still think very highly of Arsenal. Add his winning goal at WHL and you just have to like the kid:
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11/01/2008 16:53:00

stupid boy
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11/01/2008 16:55:00

Niko, if this news were true, he's even more stupid:
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11/01/2008 17:14:00

let him go if he wants to,he is not patient enough and he will pay the price sooner or later
the arsenal
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11/01/2008 17:32:00

Latest I've read is he's going out on loan 'til the summer to get 1st team playing experience, then Arsene will reassess the situation then. He's named in the squad for tomorrow.
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11/01/2008 17:59:00

bseymour, where's that reported?
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11/01/2008 18:02:00

what if he deliberately asking for high wages to stay with arsenal?
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11/01/2008 18:05:00

what if he deliberately asked for high wages to stay with arsenal?
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11/01/2008 18:05:00

Louisa, I've been looking in my usual places, but at the moment I can't find it. The report said that Murcia, a team half way up the Spanish league was the likely destination
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11/01/2008 18:10:00

Even if he gets first-team football somewhere just to get into the France squad this summer, he has Vieira, Makelele, Flamini and Jeremy Toulalan in front of him, while he doesn't get any experience in CL football, and may lose out on a Premiership winner's medal. Don't know what the kid's thinking.
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11/01/2008 18:16:00

Found it. Talking Soccer (Weblog) which you'll find on the NewsNow: Arsenal page, 4th article down on the rhs
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11/01/2008 18:20:00

Hmmm but Talking Soccer isn't the most reliable of sources. Anyway, I guess we won't shed any tears over his departure, even though we all hope the kid will fulfill his potential in the first team. If he only has the technical ability but not the mental quality to play for Arsenal, so be it.
Lou the Gunneress
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11/01/2008 18:39:00

Shame, because he's ever so talented. I assure you his career is gone now. The likes of Pennant, Upson, Lupoli, Muamba, Larsson to some extent plus many more have all failed to live up to expectations when they've moved from The Arsenal at a young age. Diarra will have wasted his incredible talent, when a little patience would have made him the best holding midfielder in the world. No problem for us, we've got many more on the production line!
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11/01/2008 19:00:00

It's a shame, but a nice little earner for Arsene all the same. He's been at the club for no time at all, barely played in the Premiership but we'll get double what we paid for him at the very least. For 4 million, Arsene can buy 4 Diarra's, and still have some change.
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11/01/2008 19:18:00

Exactly flv, let's profit from him and look for another cheap gem ;)
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11/01/2008 20:05:00

Yeah guys, him wasting his talent is nothing to us really. We let go talents as big as Anelka - whom Arsene said today was his 'greatest regret.' I reckon it's more like Anelka's greatest regret in his life, leaving Arsenal. He could have gone on and become an Arsenal legend instead of some club-hopping mercenary who now plays for the full-of-mercenaries club perfect for him.
Lou the Gunneress
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11/01/2008 20:41:00

Despite all this, I still have regrets about letting this kid go. If he stayed untill the end of the season he could have had many more games, and next season seem like a completely different person. It would not be the first time that a player has realised his own foolishness. However, this moment may not come soon enough and he may be regreting this month a few years on. And I may be regretting it too. (well not too much when you look at all of our other wonderful youngsters of course...)
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11/01/2008 21:27:00

Rob, that's exactly what's stupid about him! "If he stayed until the end of the season he could have had many more games, and next season seem like a completely different person". Like Arsene said before, Arsenal's the "paradise" for young players - just which other club gives chances to young players, especially in a defensive midfield position? Look at Makelele, still there at like 33, Seedorf and the oldies at Milan? I mean this behaviour is ungrateful at best, stupid at worst. I think it's a pity too, but if he only has the ability but not the right attitude, there's nothing we can do about it. It won't take long, he gets into the France squad as he hoped, but playing for some mid-table club which doesn't give him any good run in the cups, and no European experience whatsoever, he'll know what we're talking about.
Lou the Gunneress
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11/01/2008 21:32:00

Easy now Lassie D you'll end up like this mercenary
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11/01/2008 22:32:00

LOL Niko! To be fair to Anelka though, he did come out and say he regrets leaving Arsenal at that early age. I keep forgetting he's still only 28 now, and in his 9th club already. And hey, it wasn't PSV, but PSG, that we signed him from. ;)
Lou the Gunneress
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11/01/2008 22:43:00

yeah it was PSG huh? oh well I'd feel like a plum if I'd have knocked it up - but I did'nt I just half inched it!
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12/01/2008 02:07:00

Hey niko how did you get a picture there?
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12/01/2008 02:11:00

Hey AB goto this link..... enter the URL of your image in the IMG tag section and click on post image code, then hey pesto! stick dat on ur pasta ;)
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12/01/2008 02:36:00

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12/01/2008 02:37:00

Wonderful one there Niko, just left out the Chavs...
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12/01/2008 07:44:00

Perhaps we could take him on loan from you till the summer, or how about a straight swap for Robbo. Seriously he's exactly what we need but he definitely has an attitude problem, did he not look at the players at Ashburton and think maybe I will not be able to walk into that side. Does anyone on here believe reports that he’s asking for £90,000 per week, or do we think it’s typical tabloid cr***p?
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12/01/2008 08:13:00

Why send him out on loan? So he can run down his contract while some other club benefits and we sell him for less? If he's unhappy we should sell his @ss and make sure we get top dollar. That's business. Wenger needs to tell this idiot to wait his turn or pack his bags. Its very simple. Very talented player, but if his wage demands are to be believed, he's living on a very different planet to everyone else.
Wyn Mills
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12/01/2008 10:56:00

Yeh Stuka, thought it looked like an oldie cos no Bolton either! he probably is asking for 90 large of a week topspur and in all fairness so would I if made to live in the North East! we know he is exactly what sp*rs need precisely why you should'nt get him from us! maybe the blokes on a bet to do all 4 top London clubs in as many years in which case it'll be West Ham next and then QPR ;)
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12/01/2008 12:00:00

just out of intrest, cuould we have least on loan for a while?
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12/01/2008 13:07:00

One of the most promising DM's in Europe for me his ball winning ability is immense and after he leaves we will be left with Flamini who could leave an out of sorts aging Gilberto and Diaby who doesn't feature in Wengers plans as a central midfielder it seems and for me he is nowhere near the potential of Lassana in terms of being a DM. Its very dissapoiting mainly from the player himself and I am sure Wenger has done everything in his power to keep him but what a perfect little player he could of been for us.
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12/01/2008 13:41:00

***** poor attitude from Diarra, and I'm glad to see him go, coz it might mean that Gilberto might stay. Diarra is not willing to fight for his place and that says a lot about his attitude. The fact that Arsenal profit from the transaction makes it sweeter. Good luck to the lad !
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12/01/2008 22:38:00

so he's going to leave then well that's not quite what this sounds like it sounds like he can go if the right offer comes in for him
ozanne park rangers
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15/01/2008 18:53:00


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