Arsenal Transfer Talk: In-Depth Report on a Dream Arsenal FC Target, Alou Diarra
Diarra..... one of the best in his position in Europe
This article is a continuation of my "The Players I Would Buy If I Was Wenger" series. Next on my list is French international, Bordeaux star, holding midfielder and skipper, Alou Diarra. I apologize for the delay and I hope it's a good read.
Of course, please share your thoughts and opinions.
Name: Alou Diarra
Position: Defensive Midfielder (can also play as a central defender)
Preferred Foot: Right
Club Apps with Bordeaux with Goals: 162/12
International Apps with Goals: 34/0
Alou Diarra is a French international of Malian descent, who was born on July 15, 1981 in Villepinte, France. Diarra began his career at local club CSL Aulnay, where he played for six years before moving to FC Villepinte. Diarra struggled to get any interest in him and at times was forced to contact clubs to receive trials.
In 1997, Diarra signed for Ligue 2 club CS Louhans-Cuiseaux where at first, he played for the reserves, but impressed in his three seasons at the club, even making his professional debut on April 15, 2000 against Toulouse. He left the club after refusing to sign a new contract, and was surprisingly snapped up by German giants Bayern Munich.
Diarra was again placed in the reserves squad, where he put on some impressive performances alongside players like Phillip Lahm, Owen Hargreaves and Bastian Schwiensteiger, but he never played a professional game with the club and his stint with Bayern Munich is largely considered a failure.
Diarra then signed for Liverpool, but again failed to make a single appearance for the club and spent his three seasons on loan at three different French clubs: Le Havre, Bastia and Lens. He impressed at Lens, who signed him permanently in the summer of 2005 and he made 81 appearances overall, scoring four goals and even gaining his first call-up to the French national squad, where was included in the squad for the 2006 World Cup.
He made two appearances, one of them as a substitute in the final against Italy.
He then moved to Olympique Lyon, where he won the Ligue 1 championship, but was not a key player in that triumph, making only 24 appearances, nine of them as a starting player. Diarra left to Bordeaux the following season, where he finally rose to prominence and established himself, as one of the best players in his position in Europe.
He is now a regular and the captain of the French national team. So far, Diarra has made 162 appearances for Bordeaux, scoring 12 goals, and 34 appearances with France.
Man Marking: 8
Reading of the Game: 7.5/10
Aerial Ability: 9/10
Conclusion on the Ratings
Based on these ratings, Alou Diarra is a tough, combative, physical player who has been often compared to Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira. Alou Diarra has great leadership qualities and also isn't too shabby with the ball at his feet; he can make good runs and skip past players.
He's a powerful player who's excellent in the air and strong in the tackle. He's, in my opinion, one of the best in his position in Europe, and has the experience and character to succeed as a Gunner.
What's His Value?
According to transfermarkt.co.uk, Diarra is valued at around £10 million, but according to many reports, Diarra has a buyout clause of around €8 million which makes him a more than available target.
There is a lot of interest, though, from France in Marseille and Paris St. Germain, who reportedly have made offers for the player. Despite that, Diarra is still a Bordeaux player and the Gunners still have a chance of acquiring him.
Where Would Diarra Fit in at Arsenal?
He is a defensive midfielder, which is Alex Song's position. Basically, Diarra will either play ahead of Song or the most realistic and better choice would be playing alongside Song. This will definitely help push Jack Wilshere into a more attacking role, where he excels the most.
Also, Song will likely play in the African Cup of Nations next year and so having Diarra would definitely lessen the effects of his absence. Diarra, with his ability and experience, can also help aid the progress of rising stars like Emmanuel Frimpong.
All in all, Diarra, in my opinion, will be an excellent addition to the squad. He relishes physical battles, he's tough, combative, experienced, powerful and an excellent leader. He'd do very well as a Gunner.
What Do You Think?
Diarra.... should Wenger go for him?
I really apologize for not putting any videos; there aren't many that would give you a good view of his talents.
Here's a video that might give you a better view of his talents.
Anyways, what do you think? Is Diarra a suitable target for the Gunners? Would he be a good acquisition? Should Wenger go for him? Please share your thoughts and opinions.
Cheers and take care,