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