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La Renaissance d’Abou

Following Abou Diaby’s impressive start to the new season after his return from injury, our resident Arsenal fan ‘Lloyd the Gooner’ looks at his return to form

Abou Diaby

Ok then it’s humble pie all-round for those that rubbished my suggestion that Abou Diaby is the ‘single most talented player at the club’ (Arsenal).

One swallow doth not a summer make I know. But we have a whole flight now. He showed his class pre-season whilst slowly getting himself fit. He followed that up with an intelligent display against Sunderland on the opening day of the Premier League season.

His physical presence then played an important part in our best defensive display against Stoke City since the dinosaurs returned to the top flight (Isn’t that their nickname? If not it should be!).

Then to Anfield. Any doubters left? (Come on the Diaby naysayers don’t lose your courage now.) Abou ran the game. He controlled the tempo, made Gerrard wish he’d been somewhere else (Chelsea?) and blossomed to show his absolute class.

His run for the Giroud miss in the first half was the best set up of the season so far. His flick in the first half to free Cazorla was extravagant but wonderfully effective. What a partnership they could be by the way.

Then to France. He ran the game for them against Finland on Friday, scored the only goal and earned the praise of his manager Deschamps who described him as ‘the complete midfielder’.

Charlie Adam any one? Come on, many Gooners thought he would be a better bet in our midfield than Diaby. I even saw Joey Barton mentioned. We need a British backbone, they said. Well you can keep the pair of them and all the other no hope hoofers that so many Gooners cherish. We have at the club a little gem in Cazorla. And now we have his big mate alongside him ready to dominate.

Allez Abou!!

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  1. LikaBoss

    September 9, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I’ve always rated Diaby and dreaded him leaving to another club. Everytime he played in between his injuries you got a glimpse of his talent, people simply chose not to see it. Glad he has proved me right. Our midfield is full of world class quality now, and Wiltshire still to come. I will withhold judgment till after the City game in two weeks, but if we can come away with a win then I can see us taking the title this season.

  2. Dante Za Gooner

    September 9, 2012 at 10:57 am

    I’m so pleased for Abou as he’s has has it rough with injuries in recent seasons. Let’s hope he’s over these injuries and now go on to consistently produce the kind of form we all know he is capable of delivering.
    If he does amd things continue to click with the new signings, then I can see us doing big things this season.

  3. nelson

    September 9, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    Diaby is rubbish,we need more players better than diaby.

  4. Akin Akanji

    September 9, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Best of luck Diaby.I’m wishing you a happy and successful 2012/13 season.

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