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Arsenal - Abou Diaby Is Back!

News that Gooners have been waiting a hell of a long time to hear is finally here; Abou Diaby is back.

After suffering a horror injury in the 93rd minute of a game Arsenal were crusing 3-0, Diaby once again took to the football pitch today as he took part in his first full training session.

Wenger seemed as pleased as no doubt you will all be. 'It is great news, he had his first complete training session today,' said Wenger. 'He is so happy to play and his performance was very positive.'

Diaby signed for Arsenal 12 months ago and showed just what a promising player he really is with Vieira like displays.

Let's hope his return to the proper action isn't too far away!

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The Journalist

Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday January 4 2007

Time: 6:11PM

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Fantastic news! I feel so sorry for the lad, he was really showing some great potential, then Dan Smith went and made one of the worst tackles I have ever seen.
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04/01/2007 18:14:00

Diaby is going to be our power house who can drive us on. I can't wait for this lad to don the red and white for the very first time.
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04/01/2007 18:16:00

hopefully he will be back for the one of the cup games, maybe pushing things too fast though, which could be the worst thing to do
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04/01/2007 18:21:00

When he scored that Goal against Villa it was so Vieira like it was frightening! I have high hopes for this young man!
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04/01/2007 18:21:00

I was sat in the North Bank that day and to see the joy on his face as he scored his firt Arsenal goal. Blowing kissies everywhere he was :)
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04/01/2007 18:24:00

he's very good.. could be the next PV for us.. i saw him and song take the field against portsmouth last season.. i'd say they were very good in the first half.. but the momentum they created in the first half died down in the second half.. but these things come with experience and i hope to see the two lads up and about in no time fightiing for their place..
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04/01/2007 18:36:00

I don't think he will be as attack minded as Vieira. People remember Vieira as a holding player but he only did that in his younger days. He was our thrusting force from midfiled as he matured. Cesc has taken that role now so I think Diaby will be more neutral in his game. Not a holding midfielder but as Rocky said, a proper powerhouse! Would like to see Bolton do him, Baptista and gilberto over...good luck!
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04/01/2007 18:42:00

Simmy, you are missing King and Ade...
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04/01/2007 19:03:00

Indeed, and Gallas and Eboue.
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04/01/2007 19:10:00

Diaby was not as defensive as I thought he would be and looked like a wonderful central attacking midfielder with terrific skill and technique...anyone remember that run he made against Birminghan away when he beat five players or that first twenty minutes against pompey away?..unbelievable...I think if we are to play a 4-5-1 in the future him, cesc and gilberto could be a formidable trio...can't wait to see him back
Anon 1
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04/01/2007 19:16:00

diaby ooh he is a good player better than rocky7s mum
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04/01/2007 19:19:00

I think wenger still says end of January before he actually plays in the first team, but its fantastic news that he is back. probably missed him more than any other player through injury.
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04/01/2007 19:46:00

Say what? These tottenham boy's like to talk out their ar*e!
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04/01/2007 19:47:00

I think the initial signs of Diaby were good (anon1 is right, he ruled Birmingham away and was excellent at Bolton in the cup). But the jury's still out, its too early to call him the new Vieira. I think we are all so desperate for a player of that ilk again. Him and Denilson look very tough and I think that points to the fact Wenger does not think we can continue to be as lightweight as we are.
Little Dutch
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04/01/2007 19:55:00

Diaby, when he was signed, was called the replacement for pv4 as our newdefensive midfielder. Yet recent reports prior to his signing for arsenal, in an U21 for france vs england, saw him described also as exceedingly skillful in the pass, as well as getting forward, harnessed to much finesse on the ball. So all told, providing he suffers no permanent after effects as a result of Dan Smith's crude assault, there should be an awful lot more to come from Abou - i for one take great delight in welcoming him back, he showed terrific promise in the games he played for the team, before his season was cut short. »»Arsene Knows««
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04/01/2007 20:03:00

Unfortunately Dan Smith will never receive proper retribution, he will never be two weeks away from a CL Final in his home city, so he'll never know what he robbed Diaby of. I don't recall him ever apologising either.
Little Dutch
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04/01/2007 20:13:00

neith er do I LD, the mackems, as far as i can recall, were pretty unrepentant full stop, if i recall correctly. »»Arsene knows««
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04/01/2007 20:32:00

It appeared almost like he was in the game in an encouraging way then was going to be out forever so suddenly. The news of him returning is awesome. Welcome back Diaby.
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04/01/2007 22:26:00

its good to see the lad can still run,let alone play football,after that sickening assault.welcome back
fran merida
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04/01/2007 22:31:00

he was on our eurtunnel train to paris in may, and i have to say he is HUGE, he was in plaster but he looked massive and i am not shrinking violet at 6ft ! good to see him back, now lets watch him make a name for himself
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04/01/2007 23:08:00

LD and Wingston, you both praise his attacking abilities (and quite rightly) but cast your minds back to the Carling Cup Semi Fianl when Diaby was deployed as a holding midfielder. He was outstanding that day, espically in the first half. He showed such disipline, something rare in one so young.
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04/01/2007 23:33:00

I first saw him in the France's U-19 team where he led the side to glory. I could solemnly say that from the 3 matches I saw, he was the best MF on the pitch in all of the games. I would never have thought he would sign for AFC. For Arsenal overall he showed good positioning, no fear to "get stuck in" (as our lovely friends from Bramall Lane love to say), strong tackles, solid passes, an eye for a goal and some skill on the ball as well. I think that's what you can call "a talent". Whoever reported him first to Wenger (perhaps the Grimster) should get a new contract.
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05/01/2007 00:06:00

Simmy, i was more pointing to the fact that the press have never really acknowledged the attacking side of his game, they always are quick to focus on him being our 'new' defensive midfielder - i agree with you, mate - he has a good deal of discipline and positional sense to his game for one his age. »»Arsene Knows««
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05/01/2007 00:52:00

Indeed Winger me ol' china. I'll be intersted to see how Wenger uses him over the next 12 months.
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05/01/2007 01:46:00

all in all.. i expect the guy to be the all-round midfield player.. we all have heard, read and talked about his defensive and attacking skills.. however with big gil doing the holding and cesc pproviding the thrust from midfield.. it would be good to have a guy with ability to support both of them and indeed stand in for them in times of need.. and that is what i expect of this immensely talented lad in the future.. hope he reaches top of his form asap.. hey i was just wondering.. with the kind of football we are playing with our key players out.. what would happen when we have our complete squad up and running..
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05/01/2007 07:12:00

When we have a full squad on top form? I think you'll find teams start sh**ing themselves...
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05/01/2007 14:11:00

I find talk like that most insensitive to our Tottenham neighbours Simmy, you know how touchy they are about that!
Little Dutch
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05/01/2007 14:21:00

Now now LD, you remember what happened the other day!!!!! :P
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05/01/2007 14:54:00

It's alright, once my lawsuit against the Marriot has cleared and the burger is recooked by the Premier League I will have justice! Still, I suppose I could blame David Dein?
Little Dutch
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05/01/2007 15:15:00

Your very right LD, most insensitive of me, i forgot they had the SQUITS on the last day of the season...
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05/01/2007 17:14:00


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