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Former Chelsea and Arsenal man joins Portsmouth

Lassana Diarra is clearly an ambitious man. Nobody has yet played for every single club in the Premier League but the Frenchman is giving it a good go, having featured for Chelsea, Arsenal and now Portsmouth. It finally appears that he’s had some kind of guarantee as far as first-team football is concerned, and the Daily Telegraph report that the player has left Arsene Wenger with a parting shot.

He said: “My choice could shock and surprise people, I am conscious of that.

“It isn’t Arsenal, it isn’t Chelsea. But I know the Portsmouth manager, I know he is going to play me.

“I need to play. I really want to think about myself, about those who appreciate me, who want to see me a little more on the pitch.

“I am 22 and the most important thing for me is football, my job, my passion.

“I read that the club (Arsenal) wanted to keep me. But when you want to keep someone, you do it by playing them. This hasn’t been the case.”

Clearly, nobody’s told Lassana that patience is a virtue, especially if you’re at a club who are joint-top of the Premier League. Nevertheless, this should at least go some way to silencing Portsmouth’s Sol Campbell, who yesterday spoke out about his club’s lack of spending in the January transfer window.

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