Gunners weighing up summer deal for Frenchman.
Arsenal will explore the possibility of re-signing defensive midfielder Lassana Diarra this summer, fanatix has learnt.
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The Frenchman spent the 2008/9 season with the Gunners but made just seven Premier League appearances before joining Portsmouth for £6m.
Diarra is currently with big-spending Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala but Arsene Wenger has remained in touch with his compatriot and is considering a bid for the 27-year-old this summer.
The former Chelsea enforcer spent three seasons with Real Madrid before joining Samuel Eto’o and co. at Anzhi on transfer deadline day in August last year.
Diarra is thought to be enjoying life in Russia but, like QPR new-boy Christopher Samba, he has been disappointed at the widespread racism in the country.
The tough-tackling player remains keen to play in the Premier League again after struggling to make an impact in North London or at Stamford Bridge and it is understood Diarra would jump at the chance to re-join the Gunners.
With Abou Diaby struggling with fitness, Wenger has used Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey as auxiliary holding midfielders this term and the Gunners boss is keen to add a genuine enforcer to his squad at the end of the season.
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