Video: Could Arsenal target Amadou Diawara be the perfect Partey alternative?

Arsenal are linked with a move to sign Amadou Diawara from Roma this summer as alternative to Thomas Partey, with growing concern over the latter’s asking price.

We’ve been strongly linked with a move for the Ghanaian midfield enforcer, but Atletico Madrid have so far refused to entertain any offer of less than his asking price, which will need to be met in full before we can move forward in our bid.

This has held us back thus far, but with the Express claiming that Roma are open to the sale of Diawara this summer for around £27 Million, we could well look to the 23 year-old instead.

Diawara enjoyed his debut season with the Giallorossi, despite being hindered by minor injuries, but the club’s new owners are looking to replace him with Chelsea’s Jorginho.

Check out some of his best bits below and let us know if you think he could well be a great addition to our midfield this summer.



  1. I just like the fact that he doesn’t make so many back passes. He tends to immediately set up forward moves when he breaks the opposition play, and that’s a great attribute we need.

  2. Video highlights rarely if ever,show the weaknesses of the player under review, and as such they are of limited value.To assess a player he needs to be watched on a number of occasions , particularly against strong opposition .Only then can you evaluate his strengths and weaknesses which are equally important in the context of making a long term investment.I have no idea how often Arsenal watched Mustafi and Xhaka, but whoever did the scouting messed up big time.As for Diawara, while he is not quite at the level of Partey he is a better DM than we have at present, and he certainly has the drive and ball winning strengths to improve our engine room.

  3. Nuh. The answer to your question is nuh. Looking at his highlights reel on YouTube, it’s not exciting. They say a highlights clip isn’t enough, but for me it can show a lot. This guy is no better than Elneny based on his reel. The one alternative to Partey I could happily accept would be Soumare.
    If you look for particular things in a clip, you’ll find them. From Diawara’s I learn that he has average ball control, poor body balance, average passing range, average vision, no better really than the guys we already have.

  4. Obviously fair bit younger than Partey. This guy looks bang average at best, if budget is key I would rather see us go for the Lille player Soumane who looks far better technically.

    1. . . . and Lille are willing to sell so why not? Not much between him and Diawara to me.
      As ever with Arsenal it’s a case of ‘get on with it!’
      Nowadays it seems Lille are Arsenal’s ‘feeder’ club.

  5. I don’t rate him. He’s far from what we need. Arsenal isn’t the place for him if we really intend getting better players that what we currently have and to improve in our ambitions moving forward.

    Hard pass for me. NOOO!!!

  6. I will say this again diawara is not your typical dm. He is average at best. How many appearances did he make for Roma last season? Include sub appearances . We are better off with elneny than this guy. Ibrahima diallo is a better dm than diawara. If we ain’t signing Partey we should be looking at diallo. And I think it’s a ploy from his agent to increase his value by saying a lot of English teams likes the guy.

  7. Preferred: Thomas Partey

    Suitable Alternatives:

    B. Soumare
    A Diallo
    W N’Didi
    I Sangare (FREAKING £10M!!)

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