Arsene Wenger says that Abou Diaby could play for Arsenal this season after giving a positive update on the midfielder’s fitness.
The Frenchman could get a run out tonight for the U21s as they face Chelsea in the U21 Premier League at the Emirates.
He’s been back in training for a few weeks now and the manager said that it’s possible he could figure in the first team once he gets some playing time under his belt and he has no ill-effects from it.
Speaking to Arsenal Player, Wenger was asked if he could see Diaby figure again for the seniors, and said it was dependent on how well he came through the U21 fixture. The manager seems to have no issue with his physical fitness, saying “He is fit and ready”, but after so long out it’s a question of finding match sharpness, decision making and so on.
“Physically he’s ready to play, completely,” he said. “It’s just now decision making, getting used to challenges again. He needs a game.”
If he does make a comeback it would be his first game since March 2013, which would make you wonder if he’s going to sharp enough to have a real impact, but at this point of the season, the more the merrier.