I was just on Arsenal TV Online and saw the first interview given by Arsene Wenger since Lassana Diarra’s exit to Portsmouth. While I can’t really list it all word for word (that would take me hours to write down!) I thought I’d post the crux of the interview for everyone to read.
The interview began with Wenger being asked whether he was disappointed to lose Diarra. He replied that he was disappointed because he fought had to get him and fought hard to keep him, but eventually had to let him go. He stated that the major reason he left was because he could not be guaranteed football with the congestion in the midfield. Wenger went on to name Cesc Fabregas, Mathieu Flamini, Denilson, Abou Diaby, Gilberto Silva and Alex Song as the possible options in midfield. He finished the question by stating that Diarra was demanding but he had to be let go because he was not outstanding compared to his midfield colleagues.
The second question Wenger was asked focused on whether he thought Diarra had been impatient. He replied that he thought he had, and that the pressure Diarra put on himself increased his impatient. He explained that because he had been in the same situation for so long at Chelsea and only joined the club on 31 August, after Arsenal began training, his patience was tested too far. Wenger pointed out that he felt Diarra panicked.
The third question Wenger was asked was whether Diarra could have gone out on loan instead of being sold. He replied that he felt the balance needed to be right within the team and there were too many variables at play, namely that Diarra may not even play if he was out on loan. Additionally, he felt that loaning him would not solve the issue of having too many players available in the centre of the pitch.
The fourth and final question Wenger was asked on the topic was whether or not he would be signing a replacement, to which he emphatically replied, “No!”
You can read my thoughts on Diarra’s exit in the post I left earlier today. What do you think?
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