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By ESPN Staff
Apr 10, 2009

Diarra: I learnt nothing from Arsenal and Wenger

Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra claims he learned ''nothing'' from Arsene Wenger during his unhappy four-and-a-half-month stint at Arsenal.

The 24-year-old joined the Gunners in August 2007 from Chelsea but was offloaded the following January to Premier League rivals Portsmouth.

Twelve months later his stock had risen considerably, and he moved on to Spanish champions Madrid for a fee of around 20m euros.

Now seemingly settled in the Spanish capital, Diarra looks back on his time at the Emirates Stadium far from fondly.

When asked by Spanish newspaper El Pais what he had learned from Wenger, the France international replied: ''Me? Nothing. I did not learn anything from Wenger. He just taught me to doubt everything. The relationship I had with him was not good.

''You cannot understand the whole world. I respect the way you train, but I learned more with (former Chelsea manager Jose) Mourinho. Mourinho taught me to fight. I spoke looking into his eyes.

''If you had a problem, it would be discussed. Wenger never addressed me until I told him I was going. He talked to others, but not me. I feel like I never played for Arsenal.

''If people do not remind me of them (Arsenal), I forget about them. It's erased from my memory.''

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