When writing the question, I thought “I doubt it”… but I have a little more to say on the French International…
Abou Diaby joined us in the 2006 January transfer window, so he’s been at the club for the best part of 4 years now. When he joined – aged 19 – everyone thought he was going to be the new Vieira… including Arsene Wenger, the gaffer commenting on him:
“There are similarities. They are the same stature, the same size and have the similar style.”
For the rest of that season and the beginning of the next, Diaby continued to impress. His energy and work rate was pretty good and he seemed more technical than average, very exciting to have him in the team… until the Sunderland game in May 2008 in which Diaby had his ankle broken and was out for about nine months. That year turned into something like 9 months out, 1 game back, 2 games out, 1 game back and it continued that way until this summer… but then the French international got a groin injury… so it was back to square one.
This season, since his return, we’ve seen a lot of Abou Diaby and to be honest, he’s not convinced. I think he’s had some part to play in 7 games this season, starting 4 or 5 and he looks completely out of place. Yes, he’s got skill, but he lacks in mental sharpness and also lacks in spacial awareness… how long will Arsene put up with him?
Do you think he’s out of his depth nowadays? Will he ever be able to get to the level he was once at?
All I know is that at the moment, he will be afforded an extended run in the team as the boss confirmed that Denilson will be out for the next 8 weeks.
“Denilson has a small fracture in his back,” said the manager. “He will be out for two months.”
With Denilson out, our middle three will most likely be Song, Diaby and Cesc, and with Nasri still out, it does leave us short in that department, but none the less, we will most likely see Diaby extend his run in the first team and maybe in two or three weeks, the answer to the question would be “of course, Diaby is amazing”…
And he also revealed that Nikki B had a car accident yesterday, which means he’s out for tomorrow’s game against Olympiakos.
“Nicklas did not practice because he had a car accident on Sunday. Fortunately there was no real long-term damage, but he was bruised and we thought it better he did not train. He should be back for Sunday’s game.”
Which means we are likely to see a front three of Eboue, Van Persie and Arshavin – as Vela isn’t ready yet, Eduardo has some sort of niggling injury, any ideas? Walcott is going to play in the reserves on Tuesday evening. We’ve arranged an Arsenal XI versus and Olympiakos XI and he’s most likely going to play in it to gain some match practice…! The Arsenal.com site says Eduardo is set to return to the squad and will most probably start on the bench
And for those of who up for some Carling Cup action later in exactly 1 month… then the Liverpool game has now officially been confirmed by SKY on Wednesday evening… the day I fly to New York!
And finally, the club came out yesterday and released their financial report for the last year and we made a whopping £35m + profit… that’s a considerable amount and I believe that is after we’ve paid off the service to the debt, which means in actual fact, we were up £60m at one point!
It’s great news and the quicker we pay off the loan the better. I hope the guys at the top got one of the offset mortgages, so you don’t get charged on interest for money you have in the bank, one of those Virgin One accounts or the like… it also means that we know we do have money to spend if the right player comes along…
Arsene said this:
“I am encouraged by the fact that the financial results are good because on my side I try to contribute to that. I am quite proud that I work in a company that is in a strong financial situation. I have always worked in clubs which make money and I would not feel that I do my job well if we lost money at the end of the season. “However the sporting side is always the most important thing. To be completely happy you have to do well on the sporting side but never, no matter what happens, can it be accepted from any manager that to do that you put your club in trouble.”
So, maybe this January, we’re set to sign Melo, Ribery, Torres and… yeah right!
Okay, match preview tomorrow morning… until then!