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Unhappy Diarra eyes exit
16 Dec 2007 - 12:41:35
Arsenal midfielder Lassana Diarra has revealed he wants to leave after less than five months at the Emirates Stadium.
The 22-year-old France international joined the Gunners from Chelsea for an undisclosed fee in August.
However, after starting just four Premier League games, the former Le Havre youngster has spoken of his unhappiness at a lack of first-team opportunities.
"We're halfway through December and I've decided. I want to leave Arsenal. The bottom line is the coach doesn't need me," Diarra told L'Equipe.
"They don't want me. I don't understand because I've got more value in the French national team.
"When I signed for Arsenal I was made promises by the people who recruited me.
"But since the start of the season the only matches I've been involved in have been low-key, and to be honest I'm getting fed up with it.
"With Mr Wenger, there's no problem whatsoever. I'm not going to criticise him or speak badly of him. I'm not the kind of person who creates problems.
"But I signed for Arsenal because I was led to believe I was going to be playing and there would be healthy competition. That hasn't been the case."