Abou Diaby and Andre Santos were part of a strong U21 team that drew 1-1 West Brom at London Colney this afternoon.
The Frenchman hasn’t kicked a ball in anger for the club since the Chelsea game in September, while Santos has been out since suffering an abdominal strain in the 5-2 win over Sp*rs in November.
There were also starts for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson, Francis Coquelin and Emmanuel Frimpong with Arsene Wenger clearly looking to give playing time and match fitness to some of the fringe members of his squad as Arsenal face an extremely busy January schedule.
And it was Santos equalised for Arsenal just before half-time after Frimpong dummied a Diaby pass. Diaby was replaced in the 65th minute by Conor Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain lasted until the 70th and the half-time didn’t change as Terry Burton’s side were unable to find a winner.
There was late drama as Emmanuel Frimpong picked up a second yellow card in the 90th minute, but even if a one game suspension is applied, it rules him out of Sunday’s game against Man City and he was unlikely to make the squad in any event.
Arsenal’s January fixtures
Sunday 13th – Man City (h)
Wednesday 16h – Swansea (h)
Sunday 20th – Chelsea (a)
Wednesday 23rd – West Ham (h)
Saturday 26th – FA Cup 4th round
Wednesday 30th – Mugsmashers (h)
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