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Now Diaby Is Begging For Barcelona Transfer

Abou Diaby Abou Diaby of Arsenal in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Blackburn Rovers and Arsenal at Ewood Park on August 28, 2010 in Blackburn, England.

His teammate and captain, Cesc Fabregas has been subject to several substantial bids from Barcelona, and just a week before he will be up against them in the Champions League, Abou Diaby has expressed his desire to one day move to Spain to play for them.

The 24 year-old Frenchman was speaking upon being asked of the prospect of playing Barcelona in Europe in a few days, and it turns out he is also a fan of Barca’s rival Real Madrid:

“At some point I would like to play for Barcelona or Real Madrid, but I would prefer to play for Barca, because I prefer their style.”

Diaby has been compared to the former Arsenal captain, Patrick Viera with his positional preference as well as physical appearance. Wenger once said: “His ability to win the ball back is just like Vieira. He is capable of a very quick transitions from defence to attack and has fantastic strength box to box, nobody can go with him.”

Wenger will be needing this quality when his team takes on The Spanish Champions next Wednesday in the Champions League, and Diaby recognises this too:

“We played them last season, and we found them at their highest degree of effectiveness, both individually and collectively. This year will be the same, so we know what to expect. Barca are a great team, and this year they are very strong.”

The Arsenal manager will be especially concerned about Lionel Messi – the player who he described last year as “unstoppable” and the best player in the world “by some distance” immediately after the two sides met in which Messi scored all four goals in Arsenals 4 – 1 loss to Barcelona. Abou Diaby highlighted however, that his team should not concentrates solely on the quick feet, trickery and sheer class of Messi, as the rest of the Barca team are just as big a threat:

“Messi is the best in the world. We all know that the Argentine is a great player who can make the difference at any time, but we cannot focus only on him.”

If both sides play their football how we all know they can, the game looks set to be an absolute cracker, with beautiful football on show and hopefully plenty of goals. While Arsenal fans will be hoping Abou Diaby doesn’t lose his temper and do anything rash like in the Newcastle game, he will be wearing the red of Arsenal for now, and not the blue and purple of Barcelona.

Tell me what you think!

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  1. Adam

    February 11, 2011 at 9:29 am

    “Begging?” Can’t see that myself. Let him play 4 consecutive games for Arsenal first. Can’t see that either.

  2. simon

    February 11, 2011 at 10:30 am

    he can want all he like, the only time he will ever get close to barcelona is buying a scarf. why is it that we have players with no brains in there head and dont engage brain before they speak. i suppose thats what you get when there not english. he wants to start putting on a shirt for more than 1 game first, what a idiot

  3. Kebede

    February 11, 2011 at 1:22 pm

    Really! doesn’t he recognize what he has done before? nothing, he has no good mentality to play for arsenal remember what he has done last week , foolish Diaby

  4. BarDel

    February 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    Good, he should leave – maybe he can start choke slamming Spaniards.

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  6. ne

    February 12, 2011 at 6:30 am

    at the moment he is in the class for a mid table team…not even worth it to make up at team like barca..even player like hleb, zlatan and mascherano cant survive there…

  7. Adewale razak

    February 15, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    He is very foolish to utter such word publicly

  8. Mikey

    February 23, 2011 at 10:40 am

    I think that until Barcelona come to the premier league and play stoke on a rainy Tuesday night at the Britannia and can handle that particular brand of Delap magic and win the league. Then they will be the best team in the world, also Messi cannot be the best p[layer in the world until he has come to the premier league… I could see him partnering Zigic in the old big-man little-man setup.

  9. Me

    February 28, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    @ Mikey .. By your reasoning neither is pele or maradona best in the world. none of them played in EPL.. or cruyff , di stefano, Ronaldo(Brazilian), Ronaldinho, Zidane and the list goes on…

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