Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger made a deadline day swoop for France international midfielder Lassana Diarra from Chelsea on a "long-term contract" for an undisclosed fee.

The versatile 22-year-old had found first-team opportunities limited at Stamford Bridge and told the club´s website, "I have great respect for the manager Arsene Wenger and am attracted by the style of football that the team plays.

"Of course I am excited by what the future holds and keen to play my part in helping Arsenal fight for trophies this season and for years to come."

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