Arsenal Transfer Rumours: Why Mohamed Diame Would Be Lousy Fit with Gunners
Diame is a great player who has been dearly missed by the Hammers in the past few weeks, and the Gunners are believed to have been tracking the 25-year-old for some time now—leading up to a £3.5 million bid for the Senegal international.
The Hammers have offered the Senegal star, 25, a new deal just six months after he joined from Wigan Athletic, but it depends on him agreeing to double a release clause to £7 million.
Diame has yet to sign and the Gunners are keen on him—just as soon as he proves his fitness again. Arsenal plan to watch him then and are poised to make a £3.5m bid, with Arsene Wenger wanting to strengthen his midfield with Mikel Arteta out for at least two weeks with a calf strain.
Diame was instrumental in West Ham's big 3-1 victory over Chelsea earlier in the year and has been a very important player for the East London club so far.
He has suffered injuries in recent weeks, which has noticeably hurt the club, but is seemingly back on the mend and available for selection. That apparently has had an impact on somebody at the Gunners, who for just £4 million, can see the bargain signing that Diame represents.
However, as good as a player he might be and as below-price as he might be, Diame is a lousy fit at the Emirates and in Arsenal's midfield.
He doesn't fix their plans, their style or their current formation and won't be making a move to the Emirates this winter because of it.
The 25-year-old is largely a defensive midfielder who tends to push forward when needed—much like the role that Mikel Arteta plays for Arsenal at the moment. The Spaniard is currently injured, which has led to speculation about a move for Diame, but long-term, he simply isn't a viable acquisition.
Diame couldn't play alongside Arteta because that's where highly-rated England international Jack Wilshere lines up every week for Arsenal. And even with Arteta out, you still think that the North London club will look to use Francis Coquelin ahead of Diame given his proven experience and success when playing for the Gunners.
If Arsenal are going to sign a holding midfielder, they need to sign a world-class athlete and not another squad-filling bench player like Diame.
That's no disrespect to the midfielder, but he just isn't at the same level as Yann M'Vila or Kevin Strootman.
The Gunners already have the likes of Arteta, Wilshere, Abou Diaby and Coquelin to play in that second tier of midfield—they don't need anyone else unless they are truly an exceptional player, which Wenger has indicated all along.
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