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'Like a New Signing' Diaby Set To Face Everton

'Like a New Signing' Diaby Set To Face Everton

Abou Diaby is an Arsenal player.

Yes, you may have forgotten so, as he has spent so much time on the treatment table in his Arsenal career, indeed, the leggy Frenchman has only play 20 games for The Arsenal in the last 3 years and only averages 19 games per season in his 9 year stay at the club.

However Diaby is set to return for Arsenal after a season long lay off and controversially set to start in the crucial game at Goodison park against Everton on Sunday.

Speaking with French sports newspaper L'Équipe Wenger said "Diaby will return to the team this weekend, yes, he has a tremendous spirit and has fought with courage to return as an Arsenal player. He is like a new signing."

"He has been out for a long time, but will start the game, to win this game is crucial and would mean we can stop looking over our shoulders and begin again looking forward"

"I am unsure as yet who he will replace, but expect to see him start, he is a top player at the club and an important one for us.'


Wenger passed judgement on what Diaby will bring to the team.

"Abou plays really intricate & laudable football, objectively & overall [he is] like [a new] signing."



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

Writer:Rocky7
Date:Tuesday April 1 2014
Time: 9:28AM

Comments

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To celebrate it seems we have a different picture to the usual one of Abou wearing some inverted sheepskin affair whenever we get a Diaby piece. Interesting to see that despite his injury record he has still started almost half as many games as Arshavin did for us and overall has still cost a whole lot less! If Diaby, Ramsey and Wilshere are ever all fit at the same time then we're possibly over resourced in that area. As it happens we can barely make one full time player from all three. It will be good to see him back on the pitch against Everton. It will indeed be like a new signing. A miracle of sorts.
Amos.
01/04/2014 09:43:00
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We have to buy the pictures we use from Getty images. So at the begining of the season we choose which pictures we want. There are never any pictures of Diaby in the new shirts, and never any to choose from as the season progresses!
Rocky7
01/04/2014 09:45:00
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He's back? He's back! And straight into the team? Must've looked great in training.
damiano_tommassi
01/04/2014 09:46:00
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No way will he start at the weekend lads - you need to check the date!

His contract should have been cancelled years ago, how he got extensions with his injury record is beyond me. Appreciate that's he's had a tough time but he's also been getting 40k or so per week for the past 5 years for barely playing. We run a business not a charity!

An ok player who's reputation seemed to grow the more he was injured!

Galway Gooner
01/04/2014 10:00:00
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I'm sure the picture will be used many times! My post about Diaby's appearance stats is a bit confusing. Diaby has started almost half as many games again MORE than Arshavin and has still cost less despite being with us a whole lot longer.
Amos.
01/04/2014 10:00:00
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I think most are only too aware of the date! The fact is though is that Diaby has played more games in Arsenal colours than many others. Not really much different from Rosicky for example. If he does have a chance of ever being injury free for any length of time he's a relatively low cost acquisition.
Amos.
01/04/2014 10:21:00
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Diaby has only played 123 league games for us in 9 years. And while Thomas is hardly the model of health he's already played 27 more league games than Diaby (in Diaby terms 27 games is about 2 seasons worth!) and Rosicky has been here a year less and will add a few more games between now and the end of the season.

Even when he's played Diaby has never really impressed, 14 goals and 11 assists for a player of his supposed talent is a pretty poor return.

All he does is takes up a squad number and there is no point in either planning for him in the first 11 or as a backup as he's simply unreliable. Shame as there is or was potential there but we should simply cut him loose.

Galway Gooner
01/04/2014 10:30:00
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I only looked at League games for stats!
Galway Gooner
01/04/2014 10:31:00
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Before this season Diaby had started 92 PL games and Rosicky 85 but this season TR shows the value of making patient informed decisions. There might have been a point, in the past, when we gave up on RvP because of his injury record too. It may well prove sensible to give up on Diaby but it isn't a great cost to the club to wait a little longer before deciding whether to do so either. His contract runs out in the summer of 2015. We're unlikely to get much of a fee for him this summer so perhaps it's best to hang onto him until the January 2015 window before taking a decision.
Amos.
01/04/2014 10:46:00
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Fully agree with that Amos. It's highly unlikely that any other club will take a risk on him or pay him the wages that we do so we're pretty much stuck with him for the next 15 months or so. If he comes good then great and while there are always exceptions to the rule regarding players coming good injury wise I don't think Diaby is in the same class as either Thomas R or RVP regarding waiting.

Even if he does come good injury wise is he that good a player?

Galway Gooner
01/04/2014 10:56:00
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