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Wenger on Diarra - A 'Dunne' deal - Kanu talk

We all know that Lassana Diarra left Arsenal because he wanted regular first team football to enhance his chances of playing at Euro 2008 but Arsene Wenger has accused him of 'panicking' and leaving too soon, telling the official Arsenal magazine that if he had been more patient he would have been given the chance at Arsenal that he wanted: 'I came to the conclusion that Diarra could not cope with the fact that he was behind the other players here in midfield.

'I thought the best option was to let him go because I already had Denilson, Diaby and Gilberto all trying to get into the team as well. It was a congestion.

'I bought Diarra in the summer because I thought Flamini might leave at the end of the season and if he was able to be patient, he would get his chance.

'It turned out he wasn't capable of that. With Euro 2008 in mind, he panicked.

'I did explain when he joined that he might have to be patient, and he acknowledged it, but he couldn't cope with the situation, and also did not want to go on loan anywhere either.'

Maybe he did panic, but are we really that bothered?

The fact that he did meant that we benefited as much as Diarra has from his move to Pompey - lets just hope that we continue to benefit next season...


A fresh name to the 'linked with Pompey' list today is Richard Dunne.

The Citeh captain looks set to leave the club this summer and it is being claimed today that Harry Redknapp has joined the queue, which includes Spurs, Newcastle and Sunderland in the hunt for the Irish defender - recently voted Irish Player of the Year I believe?

Strengthening the heart of our defence is something that we need, as despite the return of Linvoy Primus for next season - who will be like a new signing - we still need extra cover. John Mensah and Younes Kaboul have both been strongly linked, but should we be able to pick up Dunne, who I would not have thought would cost anymore than the £5m, or thereabouts, that we are being quoted for the others I think he would be well worth a punt...


And finally, in this little round-up 'claims' are being made by The Sun that we are willing to let Kanu go... providing we can find 'a quality replacement in the coming weeks'.

With Pompey already claiming a contract offer was 'on the table' for the Nigerian, unless we are offering a hugely reduced amount in wages there should not be an issue with him signing it as Kanu has himself said that he does not want more money, he just wants the new deal...


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Date:Saturday May 24 2008

Time: 9:53AM

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wouldnt mind kanu leaving if good striker comes in.but feel we dont need dunne
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24/05/2008 12:52:00

I would like to see Kanu leave And be remembered as our HERO not a ZERO next season
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24/05/2008 15:24:00

we do need defensive cover, too many lost points make the case; i just feel we need a bit more mobility and pace at the back, which we wont get from either Sol,Primus or Dunne
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24/05/2008 18:52:00

I like Dunne. Would welcome that one.
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24/05/2008 18:54:00

Dunne's good, but would he prepared to take the risk of coming here and not necessarily being a guaranteed first eleven player every week? And would he be the player to bring in to help us continue on to the 'next level'. Not sure on that one... If Kanu has been offered another year as quoted, it would surprise me if he left. He will always have his place in Pompey folklore regardless!
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24/05/2008 19:41:00

I imagine Kanu has been offered the same deal as last year - a year's contract, with a "trigger" for another year if he plays a certain amount of games... (IMO, good business practice by Pompey). He wouldn't sign it last season, was holding out for 2 years, and an impasse was reached. Eventually Pompey backed down and lowered the amount of games required to activate the extra year... Kanu isn't daft - we are likely to bring in at least 1 new striker. Also he wouldn't have played so many games if we hadn't had the Cup run, and Defoe cup-tied, Benjani going was a big positive in how many games he played. He's not going to get any quicker, and at his stage of his career wants the security of a 2 year contract. Remember the noises he made last season, sounded like he really felt the club owed him, and he had made all the commitment. To be fair, we owe him a lot, and he was great, in the Cup especially... He also has gone on record as saying he hates the "super-sub" role - which is what I see Harry earmarking him for, provided we get in our other striker to play alongside JD...
scott mc
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24/05/2008 20:41:00

Dunne is top-drawer, he is quicker than you realise and a dominant figure at the back, Distin can tell you all about him!
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24/05/2008 21:23:00

im with you paul on dunne - i think he would be a fantastic signing, but the 'not being assured of a 1st team place' would probably put him off...
if we have offered kanu a contract, so long as we are not taking the ***** - as we did with toddy when we apparently offered him the same amount as mbesuma was getting - then he will sign it, if we are being unfair he wont, either way i dont want it drawn out again like it was last summer. in theory it 'should' be pretty straight forward shouldnt it...
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25/05/2008 00:05:00

I think Dunne is a good player but I left him out of my squad pick for next season (see Harry for a day forum) as I was of the understanding he had already agreed terms to play for Sunderland and the fee agreed was a lot less than 5 million. Also I agree I don't think he will want to be a back up player. Kanu staying or going will depend on Crouch. He will stay if Crouch doesn't come to Pompey and leave if he does. It will be a cat and mouse period between Crouch, Kanu and Pompey. On face value Pompey want Kanu to stay as they've tabled a contract but we don't really know what sort of contract it is. Storrie says it is a good one but who knows. I have written by view of Mensah also In Harryf or a day. Admittedly only based on the one game I have actually seen him play live. He is not a pick I would make from that. On a slightly different note. Avram Grant got the sack from Chelsea. IMO he didn't deserve it. He may not be Mr Charisma but he did pretty well. I would like to see him back at Pompey as the director of Football once again. I think last time he did more behind the scenes than anyone gave him credit for.
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25/05/2008 00:18:00

I would like to see Dunne at FP as ive always rated him..and with the ole Harry magic.. I want Crouch. full stop. Ive heard a rumour about a certain relative of HR's joining our midfield
plymouth graham
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25/05/2008 00:53:00

I don't think his wife is up to Premier League standard although she wouldn't get dropped from the team. Even Harry isn't that brave.
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25/05/2008 07:20:00

FA I agree with you, when I heard of Grants sacking last night, my first thought was of him coming back here. I too think he did more behind the scenes than he's given credit for. Disgraceful way to treat someone with so much dignity.
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25/05/2008 08:27:00

With you on that one Penton. The hire and fire brigade at Stamford Bridge strike again. Who will want to go there next?
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25/05/2008 11:16:00

Surely with Dunne, Distin and James we would have over half the citeh defence from a couple of seasons ago! Do we want that? I would rather have Richards.
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25/05/2008 15:11:00

Unlike wenger to keep harping on he let diarra go thats it. AS for dunne not so sure about his pace seemed to hold a lot when caught this season any one know his age looks over 30, if so we have plenty to do the job.
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25/05/2008 21:25:00

Playing ketchup here. Diarra is a classic case of not being able to please all of them all of the time. I like Dunne, a welcome addition.
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