[Video] Highlights of Abou Diaby’s Performance vs Malaysia XI

By on July 25, 2012

French midfielder Abou Diaby made his long-awaited comeback for the Arsenal first team as he played the opening 45 minutes in a 2-1 win over a Malaysia XI on Tuesday. 

Diaby only managed a handful of appearances last season due to a succession of injuries but is working his way back to full fitness during the pre-season as he looks to be fully-fit next season.

The midfielder put in a decent shift against Malaysia and showed glimpses of the Diaby of old, hopefully he can stay injury-free and finally show us what he’s capable of. Watch individual highlights of his display here:

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7 Comments

  1. mohamed ali

    July 26, 2012 at 12:05 am

    mark my words diaby will be big hit in the imarats much beter then nasri when fit,he just needs of 1 seoson free injury. arsenal is my drugs.

  2. Dylan

    July 26, 2012 at 12:42 am

    Sorry but that wasn’t a good shift. He’s a holding midfielder and all I saw him do there was bomb up the pitch and lose the ball. Considering the high risk that he is in my opinion it might be simpler to just sell him and get his wages off the books. He’s had enough chances. He’s collected over 14m whilst out injured- that’s one hell of a disability payment

    • Dilan

      July 26, 2012 at 5:20 am

      another imbosile that knows nothing about football. Diaby when fit is the best french midfielder this is even documented in france. His just had so many injuries its un fair. And one mroe thing he is not a holding mid LOL! his a CM!

    • bc

      July 26, 2012 at 8:23 am

      Whilst diaby is a box to box midfielder in this particular shift he was rightly asked to play the central attacking midfield role. i assume that you didnt watch the match otherwise u would have known this. coquelin played the dm role and arteta the box to box.

  3. er ok

    July 26, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Er, he is a box to box midfielder, he has the licence to move forward. When will people realise we are Arsenal – we are about ATTACK ATTACK ATTACK!

  4. jGooner

    July 26, 2012 at 3:21 am

    Let’s be real here, Diaby was never that good in the first place. His numbers were mediocre before getting injured. He doesn’t have a good understanding of the pitch, he holds on to the ball too long and he has no defensive awareness. Granted we can all say that he is still young and improving but he is a bundle full of injuries and one that is constantly on our payroll.

    And looking at his performance against Malaysia, well, it wasn’t anything to be proud of. He lost the ball too far too much in crucial positions and he had no mobility during the game. And it’s the Malaysia team for crying out loud – that was a midfield he should have dominated, which he didn’t.

    I’m really not sure why Wenger is still counting him in. It’s like he has this love towards Diaby and he believes in him, which is fine. But in the meantime, get someone proper to play while waiting on Diaby to get better and fit.

  5. True Goon

    July 26, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Diaby is a fantastic player if he can stay fit, great skills and a great attacking force.

    Fingers crossed we can keep him fit for the season, you have to feel sorry for the bloke, he has had a torrid time of injuries.

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