Pompey confirm Diarra deal

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Portsmouth have confirmed the signing of midfielder Lassana Diarra from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee.

Midfielder arrives at Fratton Park on three-and-a-half-year deal

Portsmouth have confirmed the signing of midfielder Lassana Diarra from Arsenal for an undisclosed fee. The France international, who only joined The Gunners last summer from Chelsea for £2million, has penned a three-and-a-half-year deal at Fratton Park. Diarra found first-team opportunities hard to come by with Arsenal, and made just four Premier League starts during his time at Emirates Stadium. Pompey boss Harry Redknapp has spoken of his delight at beating a number of clubs to the 22-year-old's signature.

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"He's a fantastic midfield player. In my opinion he's already one of the best midfield players in the Premier League and has the ability to be one of the best there is," he told the club's official website. "He's strong, powerful, quick and can pass the ball. You don't play for France for the last nine or 10 games unless you're top quality. "I'm delighted he has decided to sign for us rather than a host of other clubs. It's great news for Portsmouth Football Club." Diarra will join his new team-mates for training on Friday and could make his debut in Saturday's clash at home to Derby.

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