The One that Got Away

August 2007, Arsenal made a last minute signing, Lassana Diarra fro £2M from Chelsea.  Everyone questioned this move, we already had Fabregas, Flamini, Gilberto, Diaby, Denilson.

Diarra could not break-through to the first team, and insisted on leaving in January.  Wenger should have insisted on a loan move, as the futures of Gilberto and Flamini were not assured, instead we settled for a £5M fee from Portsmouth.

As always with Wenger, the small print needs to read carefully in any transfer.  Arsenal insisted on a 25% sell-on clause, so now that Diarra is on his way to Real Madrid for £20M, Arsenal will receive £5M, making the total fee for Diarra £10M, not bad for a player who only played seven games for us.

Let’s hope that this money is put to good use in January.

Posted on December 17, 2008, in Arsenal, Arsenal Players and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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