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Abou-tiful Start To 2010 For Diaby

2010 has barely begun and it's already gotten off to a great start for Abou Diaby.

The much maligned Diaby has changed public perception of him over the last few weeks with a string of man of the match performances, and the leggy midfielder has been rewarded with a shiney new long term contract (the truth being talks were probably underway long before he got back to form).

Diaby had a promising start to his Arsenal career, even drawing comparisons to the legendary Patrick Vieira, however his form seemed to fall apart after having his ankle broken by Sunderland's Dan Smith back in 2006. The Frenchman hasn't looked the same since.

Abou was delighted with his new contract. 'I'm very happy to sign a new contract with the Club. It shows my long-term commitment to Arsenal. I'm very happy here and I love the Club which is why I'm so pleased to extend my contract. It's a good thing and hopefully we're going to have some great years here.'

Hopefully his new found confidence and contract will give him the impetus to keep his first team place that he will occupy in the absence of Song and Fabregas.

Henry Lansbury has also extended his Arsenal contract as well as his loan period at Watford.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday January 1 2010

Time: 1:36PM

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I'm glad he's committed, many people have already mentioned the fact that the talent is there to see now he just needs to add consistency and go on a long run of games. It speaks volumes that the likes of Diaby, Song and Bendtner have chosen to stay and prove themselves to the fans when things weren't going well rather than move on to other and lesser clubs.
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01/01/2010 13:49:00

I'm glad he's staying as I think he's a great player in the making. I just hope he can become more consistent and equally that our fans recognise the fact if he does. It'd be sad if he has one bad game 10 games down the line and the, 'told you so brigade', come back out with their knives sharpened, especially when it's natural for all players to have ebbs and flows and let's face it, they all do.
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01/01/2010 14:15:00

I'll be honest and say that I didn't think he had what it takes. He obviously has the footballing talent, but his head constantly let him down. He's proved over the last few weeks that he does posses the intelligence he needs, he just needs to put it to good use more consistently. Keep it up.
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01/01/2010 14:17:00

he is almost there,just like our team....only time and patience will tell...there are a couple of nice compilations on youtube of diaby btw
fran merida
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01/01/2010 16:55:00

Isnt this a wee bit too early.. Alright, 4 games but surely we need more than that. Maybe Im skeptical coz Ive been fooled too many times before by Diaby.
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01/01/2010 19:30:00

Still not convinced by Diaby I'm afraid. Can't head a ball. Caught in possession too often. Has none of the 360 degree awareness that Vieira and Fab possess. Even young Ramsey has more positional intelligence. Has had his butt saved by Song on many occaisions in the past and is always horribly exposed when called upon to defend. Apart from that he's a decent player!
Wyn Mills
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01/01/2010 22:26:00

"It speaks volumes that the likes of Diaby, Song and Bendtner have chosen to stay and prove themselves to the fans when things weren't going well rather than move on to other and lesser clubs." -- Amen! Hear that Ade? As many others have said in the past, Diaby is a maddening enigma. I have always seen the skill and talent that AW saw in him, I just thought he didn't have a football brain. Early this season he proved my sentiments, he seemed to have become a train wreck what with the own goal at OT, breaking Nasri's leg, almost putting out France's #1 for half a season and some boneheaded moves on the pitch. It wasn't his talent, it was that thing between his ears that I doubted. I've also never had faith in his defensive abilities. Still don't really, but I'm now more willing to see what he can do. He has had 4 good games, I truly want to see him improve and prove us all wrong. He's capable of such exciting plays and goals. His recent comments about considering giving up football because of his constant injuries really struck me, he's been going thru real frustration, lack of confidence and lack of belief in his career as a footballer. The #1 thing that sticks in my mind about Diaby is how we all -- gooner and non-gooner alike -- underestimate the longterm consequences of major injuries. This is why I seriously worry about Eduardo.
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02/01/2010 02:17:00

Jaelle, I agree fully re impact of major injuries. The thing that I observe Eddie offers is leadership and a team orientation. He may not demand a 1st XI place, but through rotation and as a substitute, he will have a role as a footballer. As a squad member, his efforts to keep spirits up and individuals focused on the team are important. After Ramsey's goal on Wednesday, he was the first to seek him out after his initial celebration and immediately demanded that others come over and share the moment with Ramsey. One man's observations only, but Wenger has obviously seen enough on and off the field since he was felled, to recognise the positive influence Eddie has on the squad. As to Diaby, it's no coincidence in my mind that consistently excellent players of the last decade, Henry, Gerrard, Lampard, Beckham, Kaka, Bergkamp and others have never suffered a major joint injury. Hopefully the good news is that Diaby has his injury behind him and he can find a run of uninterrupted pre-seasons; combined with a sense of ownership of the team, his efforts could prove decisive.
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02/01/2010 02:46:00

PS - great heading
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02/01/2010 02:48:00

highied, I noticed that too about Eduardo at the Pompey game, he's got a fantastic attitude and sense of team spirit.
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02/01/2010 04:46:00

I think people are getting too hyped too quickly. His performance against Portsmouth was full of the typical "give the ball away stupidly" Diaby moments. He's a better player when he releases the ball quicker. He'll never be a great player like Cesc, Cesc has about 5x the awareness he does, therefore Diaby COULD be a useful player, he's proving useful against the lower teams (which isn't a bad thing because we need players that shine in both the 'harder' and 'easier' games). Diaby is falling into the same catagory as Eboue for me, a useful rotation/sub player, but could never fully trust him as part of the starting XI. @ Hughied + Jaelle - I also noticed when Ramsey celebrated, turned around toenjoy it with his team mates and no one was there apart from Eduardo, then Eddy signaled for others to come over. Eddie seems like a great guy and we all know he's a great player. I have a feeling his form is coming ...and he'll be deadly once he hits it.
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02/01/2010 08:35:00

Great lad... with great potential
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02/01/2010 10:10:00

I'm also still sceptical about Diaby, but at least now there are positive signs and it looks like this lad could make it at Arsenal. A few more good games for his self-belief, and he will be good to go. As for Eduardo, this is just a lack of form, something that other players go through. His problems seem to be more confidence based, and a few good performances from him will see him back to his old best. I have no doubt of that.
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02/01/2010 20:25:00

Offtopic, can someone please give some insight on the two brazilians we have signed recently? Zezinho and Wellington. Thanks.
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02/01/2010 20:26:00

Erh....that would be a question for Jaelle; been meaning to make that equiry too, about our new Brazilian kids.
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02/01/2010 21:49:00

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02/01/2010 21:50:00

All i know is that they're 16, impressed Wenger in a trial so he's signed them. They can't come to Emirates until they are 18 though so half of the transfer was payed now, the other half gets paid when they get to England.
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