Arsene Wenger has again warned Didier Deschamps that an international call-up for Abou Diaby is too soon and potentially damaging for the player.
After the game against the Orcs on Saturday there’s an Interlull (yay!) in which Les Bleus take on Germany on February 6th. The Arsenal manager, however, would prefer if Diaby were left out of the squad, allowing him to concentrate on staying fit.
“It’s too early,” he said. “I would prefer him not to be called up. I might not play him against Liverpool because he is not ready to repeat games. I think it’s too early.”
Wenger was highly critical of the French FA for calling up Diaby back in September, saying, “I think it was a mistake to play him with the national team. They could have taken him but not played him, because the guy has been out for a year. It is really frustrating, because once you think you get there it happens again.”
And while we certainly have sympathy with the manager because he does have a very good point about overplaying a guy who is so injury prone, he is injury prone.
Still, at least any potential injury Diaby does suffer can be fixed by a quick dip in the transfer mar …