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"Fed up" Diarra wants out of Arsenal

Arsenal midfielder Lassana Diarra has said that he wants to leave Emirates Stadium due his lack of first team opportunities.

Diarra, who joined Arsenal from Chelsea in August, is a regular for France but has found a place in Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's first XI difficult to come by.

"We're halfway through December, and I've decided: I want to leave Arsenal. The bottom line is the coach doesn't need me," the 22 year old 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," he added.

"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."

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