Thursday, January 17, 2008
Gunners sell unsettled Diarra to Pompey
Portsmouth have completed the signing of France midfielder Lassana Diarra from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee.
The 22-year-old only joined the Gunners from Chelsea last summer but has been
frustrated by a lack of first-team opportunities at the Emirates Stadium.
Diarra will join his new team-mates for training tomorrow and could make his
debut in Saturday's Barclays Premier League match at home to Derby.
Paris-born Diarra began his career with Le Havre before moving to Chelsea in
He was named the club's young player of the year after his first season but
made just 31 appearances in two years and agreed to a £2million move to
Redknapp believes he has pulled off a coup in landing the player.
He told the club's website: 'He's a fantastic midfield
'In my opinion he's already one of the best midfield players in the Premier
League and has the ability to be one of the best there is.
'He's strong, powerful, quick and can pass the ball. You don't play for
France for the last nine or 10 games unless you're top quality.
'I'm delighted he has decided to sign for us rather than a host of other
clubs. It's great news for Portsmouth Football Club.'