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North London Diaby

Having flogged a midfielder, seen a striker's recovery from injury set back once again, breathed a huge sigh of relief over another injury to an Ivorian centreback away on international duty, and foregone the opportunity to sign an injury-plagued English centre back as cover, Arsene Wenger will be no doubt pleased to hear that Abou Diaby sees his future at Arsenal, and has no plans on leaving the Grove, in the same style as his close friend Lassana Diarra did just recently.

Diaby described himself as 'very happy' at Arsenal, and feels his career at the club is going well. Reviewing how his Arsenal career has developed since he joined, the player, burdened by the expectation on him to be a PV4-alike, said,

I have a plan to improve my quality and I'm working hard to take my game to the next level.

I was expecting to play more, but I'm not worried. I think I will play more at this stage of the season. I'm trying and working every day to play. I've spoken to the boss about it and he has given me his confidence.


Talking of his views on his close friend Diarra, Diaby said,

I knew what he was thinking. We are always together. He is like a brother for me. I was very disappointed but it is his choice. He left Chelsea because it wasn't good for him there and he wasn't really playing. He came here and wasn't playing a lot either. After that he needed to make the choice and he did it. It's best for him.

Yes. I would like to play in central midfield, but I'm happy to play left midfield. I can improve a lot of things - my left foot and my pace. When I will play at central midfield it will be very good for me. For me, it is my best position.


For a lot of Gooners, the jury still seems to be out on the fella - upon signing, he looked mightily impressive, but since returning from the horrific injury inflicted by Dan Smith (then of Sunderland), he's flitted in and out of form, sometimes showing tantalising glimpses of the player he could be, whilst on other occasions looking disinterested and lethargic. We can see there's quite a player waiting to come out - he has great control, a wicked shot, he could boss a midfield on his own, but for some reason, the potential hasn't transferred itself into actual concrete displays of said talents on a regular basis.

Like Theo, he gives cause for concern - will he blossom as we hope? And if his career continues to go along the same line as it currently is, and he fails to develop and kick on, he loses more ground to Flamini (who himself is not definite to stay yet!). This is the ideal time for Abou Diaby to really make a push, as I don't think anyone can really see Gilberto staying beyond this summer, given his displays so far this season, which have not been up to his usual standard (or perhaps the team dynamic has merely changed and his merits do not feature as prominently as they once did). Diaby has the opportunity to create a straightforward fight between himself and Flamini for the battler berth alongside Cesc. I hope he's up to the task to take it...

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Writer:Wingston
Date:Tuesday January 29 2008
Time: 2:36PM

Comments

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Diaby is a journeyman, he has no natural position. He does nothing but dribble(like most goons on here) has no work rate, cant pass and never tackles....... so glad he signed!!!
sport
29/01/2008 16:34:00
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Rate Abou massively. Hopefully him and Al Song can feature in the Arsenal side for years to come...
cesc la vie
29/01/2008 16:35:00
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He'll do well don't underestimate his potential as all the games where he has not been playing well he's been out on the left. Give him a chance for few games in the middle and he will have a much bigger impact as for beign a jurneyman the biggest of them signed for the spuds, Woodgate, he'll join the other big jurneyman there Keane, they are welcome to him he'll keep the treatment room busy along with King.
Armory
29/01/2008 16:57:00
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lol....it seems gud ol' woodgate went to the spuddies with an injury...how funny is that.....
karley
29/01/2008 17:15:00
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Apparently Woody's expected to be in the squad for the Everton game, although I'll believe it when I see it, probably alongside Hutton. ;) Seeing as Walter Smith has said on the Rangers website that he's likely to sign for us. Agreed the Tottenham treatment room could be a busy place next season though. We'll see. As for Diaby I was praying that he'd play the other day. So I guess I hope Wenger gives him a long run in your first team. :)
spurjon
29/01/2008 17:50:00
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i rate abou a lot, but not convinced he's got the necessary defensive qualiteis to partner cesc in central midfield. maybe he's more suited to central mifield in a 4-5-1, but we don't seem to adopt that fomation much anymore (which i like mostly)
bean
29/01/2008 18:22:00
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Alan Hutton is a dirty b*stard, youz will hate him, celtic fan
STEINO!!!
29/01/2008 21:48:00
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Until Wenger rids of a player don't dismiss them (Cygan the exception).. ala Flamini
nakcuh
29/01/2008 22:29:00
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Diaby seems to be developing better than Theo to me. Theo is a true worry, Diaby is gradually getting to his feet. Hopefully he'll prove worthwhile in the coming games.
Thing
29/01/2008 23:33:00
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The boss said Diaby just signed a new deal that keeps him at the club until 2012. Now fingers and toes and everything crossed the Flamster will do the same - soon.
Lou the Gunneress
30/01/2008 00:20:00
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