Diame is Arsenal's loss and Hull's gain – Davies

The Senegal midfielder had long been linked with a move to the Gunners but joined Steve Bruce’s side over the summer and scored in their 2-2 draw at the Emirates Stadium

Hull City defender Curtis Davies has praised Mohamed Diame for his goalscoring start to life at the club, declaring himself delighted that the Senegalese midfielder chose the Tigers over Arsenal.

Diame has made an excellent start at the KC Stadium, scoring four goals in five games, including the equaliser at the Emirates Stadium in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with the Gunners.

And Davies revealed that he has been surprised by the quality that the former West Ham and Wigan midfielder has brought to the club.

Davies told reporters of Diame: “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.”

The draw moved Hull up to 11th place in the Premier League as they prepare to face Liverpool at Anfield.

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