Why Mohamed Diame is not the man for Arsenal
Arsene Wenger's side have been linked with a £3.5 million January move for the West Ham midfielder
Mohamed Diame has been linked with numerous clubs after impressing for West Ham this season.
The 25-year-old has reportedly attracted admiring glances from Arsenal, who are said to be considering a January swoop for the Creteil-born player.
The Senegal international joined the Hammers on a free at the start of the season, but after it was revealed a clause in his contract could allow Diame to leave for as little as £3.5 million, the midfielder's long-term future at Upton Park has been cast into doubt.
Despite impressing at Upton Park this season, I have my doubts as to whether Diame is right for Arsenal. Arsene Wenger's side have been criticised for not having a dominant midfielder in the mould of Patrick Viera.
Diame, however, is not a patch on the Arsenal legend - he lacks the passing ability that's a necessity when competing at the top.
Arsenal have Abou Diaby back too, and if he can avoid injury, while promising youngster Francis Coquelin continues to develop, there is little reason for the Gunners to bring Diame in.
Arsenal should look for more ball-winning dominance in the middle from within, and bringing Diame to the Emirates will clog up the squad. This could potentially lead to the loss of Coquelin, who's recently signed a new long-term contract and is very much the future of the club.
Ultimatley, Arsenal need and enforcer but Diame isn't the man they need. While talented and powerful, he isn't on the same level of some other players who are available around Europe. The last thing Arsenal need is another average player and with Wenger stating he will "spend big again" to bring in a couple of players, I don't see Diame moving across to north London anytime soon.
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