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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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Date:Tuesday January 29 2008

Time: 2:36PM

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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!!!
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29/01/2008 16:34:00

Rate Abou massively. Hopefully him and Al Song can feature in the Arsenal side for years to come...
cesc la vie
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29/01/2008 16:35:00

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.
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29/01/2008 16:57:00 seems gud ol' woodgate went to the spuddies with an funny is that.....
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29/01/2008 17:15:00

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. :)
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29/01/2008 17:50:00

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)
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29/01/2008 18:22:00

Alan Hutton is a dirty b*stard, youz will hate him, celtic fan
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29/01/2008 21:48:00

Until Wenger rids of a player don't dismiss them (Cygan the exception).. ala Flamini
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29/01/2008 22:29:00

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.
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29/01/2008 23:33:00

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
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30/01/2008 00:20:00

did you write this before tonights game ? phew what a choice, just watching game now on sky, diaby looks good, flamini scored a wonder goal and played an awesome game, its good for played like flam and diaby to be fighting for places and this will help us towards the end of the season if they all stay on form !
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30/01/2008 00:22:00

Its good to hear such positive comments from Diaby. IMO he was given some unnecessary stick for his earlier comments which werent that bad and doubts were raised about Diarra's influence on Diaby. This is the right kind of attitude atleast. Lets hope his last 3-4 average performances are past him now. For me, he has been ok at LM overall this season, given that its a new position for him. He has adapted quite well.
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30/01/2008 06:46:00

HIs attitude is good, his talent is definitely there and as long as he keeps working hard to develop his game as he says he will, he is a great prospect. I have been 50-50 as to whether i like him or not, and there have been occasions where i have thoght he looked lethargic on the pitch, however his recent performances and his good attitude have brought him up in my estimation. I am glad he is staying, and think we could have a gem of a player there in the seasons to com.
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30/01/2008 10:14:00

Diaby's workrate last night was infinitely better than in recent weeks, which is a relief because the boy has really got some talent. Sometimes the ball seems to be glued onto the end of his boot and from March onwards last year, I felt he was our best player.
Little Dutch
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30/01/2008 13:45:00

IMO we don't have a player who can take others on like Diaby when he's on form. Its when he's not that its frustrating because he still tries too much to keep the ball and i recall a lot of occasions where he keeps losing it in open play, which is probably the cause of teh frustration i have felt towards him in the past. As i said though, when he is on form, and i believe he will find regular form and come good, its exciting to watch him dribbling past players like they are not there. The goal against Derby sticks in my mind and teh way he dribbled past several players before smashing a rocket into the goal. More of that please!
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30/01/2008 17:42:00

Je ne se pas Lé Frog, Je suis Anglais. Pardon moi.
Blue is the colour
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31/01/2008 21:17:00

BITC(H), when Makelele, Essien, Drogba, Malouda and Anelka get together, which language do you think they speak? Though, to your credit, you seem to be fluent in moron. Bon faire.
Little Dutch
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01/02/2008 09:09:00

Alan Hutton LMAO! Eboue is twice the player. I'm not just saying at as a Celtic fan, Alan Hutton has had a very good season but the year before last, he was one of the worst players in their team, infact Rangers fans were threatening to go to his house and brick his windows, or as it is said in Glasgow "brick iz windeys". I look forward to the likes of Helb. tearing him to pieces :)
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01/02/2008 17:33:00

Kudos to him for not being like that idiot Diarra. If he puts a bit more work in and plays a pass rather than hold onto the ball for far too long, he'll be a great squad player for us.
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01/02/2008 19:30:00

He'll come good for us. Holds up play well, but, yes the passing issue is important. Hold out more hope for him than Theo. Think he has a better shot on him too!
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01/02/2008 22:39:00

R.K, Hleb larme à peices Hutton, oh s’il vous plaît! Je suis paris c'est Hleb qui est déchiré en morceaux. Excusez-moi Little néerlandais: Quel est le français pour imbécile?
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02/02/2008 13:22:00

Ooops. R.K, Hleb larme à peices Hutton, oh s’il vous plaît! Je suis paris c'est Hleb qui est déchiré en morceaux. Excusez-moi Little néerlandais: Quel est le français pour imbécile?
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02/02/2008 13:24:00

Guys listen.. Diaby is a good player. Got bags of potential.. but for me at times he does TOO MUCH.. sometimes the simple lay off.. & a give & go would do fine. He takes too many players on sometimes and gives it away. I have no doubt Wenger will curb this and his game will be altered. He's got a great left peg.. no question he will be a big player for us.. I just dont like seeing some of the things he does. ITS FRUSTRATING!
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03/02/2008 22:54:00

Love Diaby but for someone that earns the amount of money he does, surely he can get a better jumper than that!!!
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04/02/2008 04:24:00


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