Will Diarra shine in second spell at Arsenal?

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?

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  1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

    Diarra be wack, yo

    1. JStarrr says:

      Just watched some his latest highlights for the Russian club he fell out with.

      He is faster than Arteta and Flamini
      Can dribble the ball better
      Obviously can defend…
      Has scored some beauty’s in his short time there (I mean scorchers)

      Not our long term answer…but def an improvement…

  2. gamer says:

    hope this is not true i rather give coqalin a chance there and also hope of a miracle of abou diaby staying fit

  3. Young Gun_AFC says:

    Arsenal fans criteria for a DM:
    1) be 6ft 2 or over
    2) a monster
    3) a destroyer
    4) most important of all.. Black.

    Why not go for heavyweight boxer anthony joshua? 6ft 7 !! , 235 pounds! And black!!

    1. Hafiz Rahman says:


      Diarra doesnt fit the criteria….

      hes not big strong or tall….

    2. Zulu-boy-SA says:

      You are racist, we also wanted Schneiderling, Khedira, Draxler, Matic

      1. Young Gun_AFC says:

        Lol relax man read that again! never said anything bad about black people you idiot. And yes because draxler is a DM LOL.
        Dont get all buthurt over what is clearly a joke.

        1. Ks-Gunner says:

          To get to the point we simple need more power and height in the team. We are a team full of midgets ( i am one to) and weaklings. De Jong would be a fine player for Arsenal.

        2. Hafiz Rahman says:

          we can always convert him to a DM….

          just like fans wanted Pod as striker….Vermalen as DM….Opina as centreback

        3. Zulu-boy-SA says:

          I meant Bender, but you did seem to highlight the skin colour in your supposedly Arsenal fans def of a DM, to me it seems racist because of the sarcasm in what you said as we have also relished DM’s from other races.

          1. goonerretic says:

            Sorry but he is right and i dont think he was being racist.Its just that Viera left us with that image of what a DM should be like…and yes i am black

          2. sollygunner says:

            @ zulu boy

            funking grow up

          3. kia says:

            I am from SA too, as I suppose Zulu-Boy is too. Unfortunately here in SA, as soon as one mentions skin-tone in any way or form, it becomes a racial issue.
            For example, I was playing soccer against a black team (I am white), made a bad tackle which I apologised for, I had to leave the field because I was touted as a racist. Bad mentality here. So please excuse Zulu-Boy!

          4. kia says:

            NdiMlungu Mna! Nditheta isiXhosa/isiZulu… Ube nempelasonto oluhe

      2. Ks-Gunner says:

        Oh geeee, Schneiderling is like watching Koscielnys twin brother. Very underrated, class player.

        1. rd_gunner says:

          Is there any chance of us going for him in the jan window??

          …although quite over priced but we are anyway desperate- would fit in nicely with out style of play- scores goals too!

      3. Budd says:

        Hear me out : black. Black. Black. Oh, did I said black? Because I surely wanted to say black. Black. Black.Black.

  4. Champagne Charlie says:

    I detest the lack of professionalism and appreciation being shown to the DM at Arsenal.

    To go from Vieira, Gilberto, Petit as shielding players to Arteta, Flamini, and possibly a washed up Diarra, is lunacy. No wonder we get steamrolled by top teams, there’s an open invitation to our back two…one of which has no mobility. There’s a reason Kos is the boss to us all, he’s the only one capable physically.

    I love Alexis so far, but a bigger improvement would have come if we paid 30-odd mil for Vidal and started Joel Campbell (or Vela) where Alexis plays now.

    Priorities are backwards as f*ck. Well I guess we don’t pay top dollar, or have a pile of cash reserves to improve the team….wait a minute… #amateurish

    1. Jimbeam says:

      Cheers Charlie, I agree but we are where we are, now what do we do at least until January. I say take a punt on Lassana, he will probably cost us about 30-49k per week and can most probably be a better DM then Arteta and Flamini.

      It is criminal that Arsene did not address that position and central Defense in this transfer window but, like I said we are where we are, how do we salvage something, anything?

      I say we get s Defender and a DM from free transfer and hope for the best.

      1. Champagne Charlie says:

        Agreed Jim. But it’s a bandaid approach that makes us look ridiculous in all honesty. And you can mention January, but that window is there simply for relegation battlers to throw the dice one last time – big business/players don’t move mid season for eligibility reasons etc. O have zero faith we will buy a DM in Jan.

        I’d wouldn’t bother taking Lass, I don’t think he’s an improvement on the two we have. He was good first time round, but so was Flamini. Time has passed to improve the first 11, you’re only gonna fill the squad with backups and quickfixes at this stage and I’m livid that 4 games into the league we are taking such steps. What a ride these fools running the club are taking us for.

      2. pnk.gooner says:

        He had targets and unlike other years he has not bought potential dead wood instead. Wait till Jan an see him try again.

  5. Zulu-boy-SA says:

    Man U third choice striker is our first choice, now we are linked to a russian team reject, how did we get to this?

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      Where do I begin?

      OK I’ll try….

      Ever been drunk on a night out? Then you get hungry. But this is no regular hunger. You don’t just eat a hearty meal. No sir! You make the wrong culinary choice. You go for the all bells and whistles shizzle that looks good but ain’t going to provide you nutritional value or make you feel good when the shizzle in your system is done.

      That is our squad. Looks good at the time but by the end of the game you feel sick and just want to go to bed.

      1. goonerretic says:

        I can relate..not shizzles though..lol

      2. josh37 says:

        Stupid, stupid, stupid comments…
        Both of you!!
        United wanted our third choice CB and would kill for a CB of mert or kos’s quality but we’ll conveniently gloss over that point. Even chambers at CB in his third favoured position would be a huge upgrade for their defence…
        Yes they have an abundance of quality in attack but it’s still yet to be seen if and when they’ll gel..
        I f&@king love our squad though!! And with so many players like welbeck, Walcott, Sanchez, Campbell, oxlade and sanogo all ready to take their game to the next level and be part of a new look exciting attack I wouldn’t have it any other way…
        But by all means guys, jump on the not good enough bandwagon while looking over at a struggling united!! Hey? If they can beat QPR they must be good!!

  6. arsenal19 says:

    @admin the mobile site is stuck on an article from a few days ago as the homepage so I have to either go to a subcategory or go through all the articles to get to the most recent one can you please fix this issue

    1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

      @ Admin

      Actually I got an issue too. On my phone, it is blocking me on LTE (EE) from coming to this site. It says this site is inappropraite and my network is blocking it. What kind of crazy shit is going on during the day on here?

      1. Hafiz Rahman says:

        Spend some money and get a quality phone…..

        1. Robin Vanpayslip says:

          How does that change what network I’m on?

          1. TGOONA says:

            Stop being tight like Wenger and spend some money on a quality phone

          2. Hafiz Rahman says:

            Spend some money and get some quality network then…..

  7. Twig says:

    Top choice. We well could have this freebie team to face Real Madrid in the CL quarter finals….

    Campbell Ozil Coquelin
    Flamini Diarra
    Gibbs Koscielny Merts Bellerin

  8. JAmerican says:

    Will Diarra shine in his second spell? Is this a joke? At what point did we stop being Arsenal? Just curious…

  9. Hafiz Rahman says:


    Ox Wilshere Walcott

    Crowley Hayden

    Gibbs Ajayi cambers Jenkinson


  10. REiGN says:

    Lol. I totally forgot that he was an arsenal player. But I hope we don’t get him. He could be another flamini.

    1. Hafiz Rahman says:

      he was not good enough for chelsea and Arsenal and we have to get rid of the deadwoods…

      1. DaveJay says:

        Not good enough for Chelsea or Arsenal but good enough for 3 seasons at Real Madrid?

  11. Lol mose says:

    Yes i am black and i dnt find that racist just hilarious.

  12. BraveHeart says:

    I wonder why Wenger insults our intelligence by ignoring the obvious things. Where was he during the transfer window. These panic buys won’t get us anywhere. Anyone remembers Santos?

  13. tfemi79 says:

    I’m black and what he said is absolutely true we need that kinda player and I mean….its not racist its joke man loosen up and go watch some vine videos

  14. tfemi79 says:

    Think of this we get Vidal Ramos and Suarez and we r the best team in the world

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