Diarra ready for start
Lassana Diarra is ready to make his first start for Arsenal in the Carling Cup tie with Newcastle.
Last Updated: 24/09/07 6:06pm
Lassana Diarra is ready to make his first start for Arsenal in Tuesday's Carling Cup third round tie with Newcastle United.
The France international moved to Emirates Stadium from Chelsea before the close of the transfer window, but has made just two substitute appearances for his new club.
But he is in line to start against Newcastle in the cup and Diarra is just happy to be involved in Arsene Wenger's plans.
"I'm an Arsenal player and I don't care which kind of game I have to play - Carling Cup or FA Cup or championship - for me every game is very important," he told ArsenalTV Online.
"We want to win every game, everything. But I'm ready for Tuesday."
Diarra struggled to establish himself during his time at Stamford Bridge and feels his career will benefit from the move to Arsenal.
He added: "Since I've been here, everybody's been very nice with me, the manager, all the staff, the players, everything's been very good.
"I really wanted to come to Arsenal because I think it's good for me, the players are young players like me, the manager is French like me.
"I have a lot of respect for Chelsea - it's a good club Chelsea - but now I want to be an Arsenal player."