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Diaby Praises Villa & Everton After Draw

Diaby Praises Villa & Everton After Draw

Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby praised both Aston Villa and Everton in an interview after the Gunners snatched a last gasp equaliser away at Goodison Park last night.

Robin van Persie came to Arsenal's rescue for the millionth time this month to salvage an unlikely point against an Everton team that one could argue deserved all three.

The draw came 24 hours after Villa notched up another win leaving us 5 points adrift of the much coveted Champions league spot.

'We are not going to let up until the end of the season.' claimed the Frenchman

'We are going to try to get points in every game and won't give up.'

'We are very focused on our games. Of course, Aston Villa have been fantastic and are in front of us, but we are really focused on our job and what is most important is what we are doing on the pitch.'

'I think tonight it was very important to get something from the game. We drew and took one point which I think is good for us because we were not so good. When you see the game, Everton were better than us and to take one point is very good here.'

It's hard to think that we could be playing UEFA cup football next season, but it becomes a very real possibility with each passing game. Despite actually being on a pretty decent run of 9 matches unbeaten in the league, our performances have been tepid and uninspired, and the failure to bring in some fresh faces could have catastrophic consequences.

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Date:Thursday January 29 2009
Time: 12:05PM


Crisis!111!!!!! 111 11!!!!
29/01/2009 12:35:00
How about Diaby focusses on his first touch and simple passing, than worry about Villa or Everton ? The Arsenal PR 'gurus' would have been better off interviewing RvP rather than Diaby after this particular game.
29/01/2009 12:45:00
Huggy bear you can eff off n all.
29/01/2009 12:53:00
The Arsenal PR "Gurus" are ***** jobs, I swear.
29/01/2009 12:56:00
I have braced myself for the fith position this season. IMO its not the end of the world...maybe "the Wenger Project" needs to hit rock bottom before it can climb again..then maybe he can jettison some outdated ideals and we can have a much better next season. Its surely not the end of the world to end up 5th...ask Bayern Munich, AC Millan.
29/01/2009 13:21:00
You know, it;s not that I mind playing only for 4th place, or playing in the UEFA cup, or fighting for mid table "consolidation", or even fighting relegation. There are many people supporting such teams with such varied aims, and they are perfectly fine fans, reasonalbe and knowledgeable and all round nice people. Different clubs have different ambitions in line with their abilities and means and status and it's all good.
My beef is this: Since when did we become a UEFA cup team? Since when did we become a 4th place team? Since when did our ambitions go so low, and why did we take them so low? Arsene Who? will keep on yapping about the credit crunch and economic sensibility and blah blah blah, the stadium, whatever, but is he now saying that the circumstances, whatever they are, are such that we are no longer a club capable of putting together a title winning team?
I mean, if there's inflation and suddenly foodstuff is costing double its actual value, does that mean you now go and starve your kids as a matter of principle? "This packet of cereal is worth one pound fifty, not a cent more, and I'm not paying over the odds for breakfast cereal, and I'd rather my kids went without breakfast than buy this at an inflated price..." Coz when you put together a team playing the way we've played numerous times this season, that's basically what you're doing. I know Walcott, Fabregas and Rosicky are injured, but even before Walcott got injured, we'd put out our fair share of gross performances.
I was willing to wait throughout the so called "transition" period after the chief characters of the Invincibles cast left one by one, because the rebuilding made sense to me, and I could see the work being done, and I had reason to believe that once the rebuilding work was complete, we'd have a team perfectly capable of competing at the top. And last season, we almost there, there or thereabouts. But then when we lose the players we've lost, and failed to replace them as needed, either by buying or by having others step up a la Flamini last season, then I have no reason to have patience, to be expectant, to be hopeful, to have faith. When the manager fails to address a defensive problem he has admitted to seeing in two transfer windows, then where does that leave us? When we have to play Song and Diaby in the middle, and, true to form, our midfield is as spark less as it was last night, why would I look at our team with any optimism? It's all very grossly disappointing and depressing to be honest.
29/01/2009 13:22:00
And yes, I know that all things considered a 1-1 draw away to this Everton team team is not such a bad thing. It isn't. But for umpteenth time this season, more than the result, it's the performance that really makes dread what lies ahead for us.
29/01/2009 13:25:00
0 i said maybe we have hit rock bottom (hopefully it cant get worse) Mr. Wenger can drop this " (pet) project" and build a team that CAN win stuff.
29/01/2009 13:34:00
Good points well made gaga, i'm fed up with some fans harping on about the financial success = why bother supporting a football club?
29/01/2009 13:40:00
Diaby is, what one of my old football coaches would describe as, a complete pup.
Little Dutch
29/01/2009 14:11:00
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