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Diame could have signed for Arsenal, admits Davies

Mohamed Diame almost joined Arsenal on a number of occasions according to his Hull City teammate Curtis Davies.

Mohamed Diame has had a stunning start to his career at Hull City and was on the scoresheet again during their 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Saturday.

The Senegalese international moved to Hull from West Ham United for £3.5 million on transfer deadline day and it seems the move has completely rejuvenated him.

His goal against the Gunners, however controversial it appeared, was his fourth in five games, and to put his impressive form into context he only scored the same amount for the Hammers during the entirety of last season. 

Diame's captain at Hull, Curtis Davies, has poured praise on the midfielder and added that he could have joined Arsene Wenger's side two or three times.

Goal have quoted Davies him as saying: "He's been brilliant. His quality, his composure ... he's definitely added to our squad. I was expecting a hustle-and-bustle midfielder, a strong, get-about player. I thought the goals would come but to get four in five is ridiculous.

"Arsenal were meant to get him on about two or three occasions. I'm not sure if it was something to do with the medicals. He nearly went there when he was at Wigan and West Ham.

"I don't know why it didn't happen but I'm delighted it didn't and that he came to us instead. I'm particularly delighted he's travelled halfway round the world this week, put in that performance and scored a composed goal like that."

Diame hasn't struggled with injuries during his career so it's a wonder why his move to Arsenal was never finalised. His transfer to Wigan Athletic in 2009 was delayed by a heart condition, but the player doesn't appear to have suffered any ill affects since that report emerged five years ago.

With Arsenal crying out for a bit of solidity in the middle of the park, he could have been a bargain signing had they ever managed to secure his services.

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