He has become snyonymous with injury throughout his Arsenal career and has always received the full backing of the club and the manager, but for the first time Arsene Wenger has cast doubt over Abou Diaby’s future.
Out since the Chelsea game with a muscle tear, the French international does not appear any closer to a first team return and Wenger outlined why.
“The situation for Diaby is so frustrating and for us as well we started the season well with him in the team and since he has been out we have felt it. He balances our team as he has stature and presence physically when he is there, but clearly his injury problems are a concern.
“I can tell you he has been everywhere in the world to be assessed. There is an explanation. He is quick, strong, has good stamina, good resistance to repeat, but his muscle strength is not good enough to deal with that. Sometimes little fibres go in his muscles, this is basically his problem.
“When you play every three days, you cannot rebuild your strength as you need to recover. When you don’t rebuild your strength, through the games you burn your fibres a bit and become weaker and weaker, so that means he gets injured.
“The second reason for his problems of course is his ankle. Since he was slaughtered at Sunderland, his mobility in his ankle has been affected.”
“Of course mentally it is difficult to deal with it when Abou looks at his career in the past six years. He is a top guy, conscientious, he cares about everybody, but it is difficult when he is injured so much.”
Whether that means we’re considering cutting him lose remains to be seen, but it’s more apparent than ever that relying on him in any way is just not feasible.
Stories like this will divide fans between those who feel we’ve been too patient and those who have sympathy for a player who has tried everything to come back from a tackle which has ruined his career.
Arseblog News just thinks Dan Smith is a cunt.