The first time that Arsene Wenger signed Lass Diarra for Arsenal was on transfer deadline day back in August 2007, as Chelsea knew that he would be able to leave on a free transfer a few months later. This time, if the Arsenal transfer rumour in the Daily Express is correct, the Frenchman will sign the combative midfielder even later.
The 29-year old former Real Madrid star is not a free agent exactly, he is still under contract with Lokomotiv Moscow, but Arsenal can get around the transfer restrictions to sign him, apparently, as he has fallen out with the club’s management and so has not been registered with the Russian League.
Diarra can play at right back as well, but if Arsenal do sign him, it will surely be for his defensive midfield abilities and he could prove to be a real boost for us this season. However, his last spell at the club did not last too long because the emergence of Mathieu Flamini meant his opportunities were limited and he really wanted to play regularly at that age.
He went on to do really well at Portsmouth and earn himself a dream move to La Liga with Madrid where he played a lot for three seasons before being sold as they were overloaded in that area. I wonder what would have happened had we kept hold of him before, but I think it would be a great move for Arsenal to bring him back now and give him the chance to show us. What do you think Gooners?