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Diaby To Fill Song Shaped Hole?

Diaby To Fill Song Shaped Hole?

In form Abou Diaby says he's happy to try and filled the void being left by Alex Song as he departs for the African cup of Nations.

Diaby's transformation from a slow thinking incompetent, to fleet footed man of the match has been nothing short of amazing, and whilst it's plainly obvious that he could revert back to his old self just as quickly as he came good, it's still very pleasing to see such a promising player fulfill some of his potential.

With his greatly improved performances comes a new sense of confidence, confidence that he can do anything he sets his mind to, and with the loss of Alex Song to the ACN, the leggy Frenchman is ready to shoulder the responsibility of the role of a fellow player who overcame the wrath of the fickle Goooners to become one of the first names on the team sheet.

'I will talk about that with the manager and if he wants me to play in that position, I am happy to do it,we will see what happens. Alex is a very important player in our team. Because he is going, we have to replace him and make sure we do the same job without him.' said Diaby.

If he believes he can do it then who am I to argue with him?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday January 4 2010
Time: 11:13AM


He would only have to do it if Denilson is still out injured. He would find it easier to play Denilson's role than Song's though neither come naturally to him. One way or another we're going to find out just how successfully he can play which role.
04/01/2010 11:30:00
Whilst he might be able to play Denilson's role better than he can Song's role, wouldn't it be better have just one player playing out of "position" ... or do you reckon the difference would really be that great?
04/01/2010 11:32:00
Imagine what Diaby would have been now had it not been for injuries
04/01/2010 11:48:00
The difference might not be that great but I reckon that Denilsons defensive instincts will be better than Diaby's. Diaby would still have to rein in his attacking instincts but not to the same degree. It's less of a change of position for both players probably. That's my theory but who knows? - maybe Abou would be a dynamite holding player.
04/01/2010 11:55:00
Diaby couldn't possibly be asked to play that role. It would be suicidal. he can only just play a slightly defensive role at the moment, way off having the defensive nous to play further back. Denilson will be fine and we will not miss Song.
04/01/2010 11:56:00
If he can retain discipline I think he can do it. He can definately tackle, it's just being able to hold his position ..... I'm sure he could have the will power if he really tried. That said, I think Amos probably has it right.
04/01/2010 12:01:00
I think even with the absence of Song, it's good that we still have competition in there owing to Ramsey's current good form, he too could play Denilson's role I think. But what is true is that, like Diaby, he would have to reign in some of his more prominent instincts. Due to his experience, Diaby would probably be better placed to do that at the moment. As Wenger says, we will have to find a different balance, but Denilson played Song's role for most of last season until it became apparent that Denilson and Song together is a very effective axis. Diaby is such a good presence going forward and yesterday, when he came on, Ramsey did sit a little deeper and allow Diaby to go forward. The option for variety is there and to switch during matches. That's been the biggest success of the 4-3-3 I think, the forward positions and midfield positions are easily switched during matches which might explain why it's more notable that our substitutions have been more effective. The formation does not need to be changed during matches, only the functions within it and I think that allows subs and players who've started the match to interact more instantaneously. For instance, in the Villa game, Diaby was the most attacking of the midfield three, once Fabregas came on he sat back and when Cesc had to come off he became the most prominent again. Having a constant formation that allows such fluidity is a huge advantage compared to last season when we were preparing for two semi finals with brand new formations because we still didn't know our best system.
Little Dutch
04/01/2010 12:14:00
from a neutral point of view i dont think diaby has the defensive accumen of replacing song. however he is a good player and will be able to slot into the side and do well.
04/01/2010 13:21:00
I hope Den gets fit as I wouldn't like to see Diaby in a holding role when he's creative play and piercing runs are having such a great impact right now.
04/01/2010 13:48:00
I think it says a lot about both Diaby and Ramsey that the latter is asked to be a more defensive player when the two start together. That's not a swipe at Diaby because defending intelligently is just not one of his attributes yet.
04/01/2010 14:14:00
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