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Diaby Edges Closer To First Team Return After Impressing For Arsenal U-21’s

Arsenal could get an injury boost with Abou Diaby edging closer to a first team return after putting in an impressive shift for the under-21 side on Wednesday


Arsenal could get a major injury boost with Abou Diaby edging closer to a first team return after putting in an impressive shift for the under-21’s on Wednesday afternoon.

After missing the majority of last season through injury, Diaby made an excellent start to this season and was hugely impressive during the first five or six games, particularly against Liverpool at Anfield when he was virtually unplayable and lead us to a 2-0 win.

However, predictably the Frenchman picked up another innocuous looking injury soon after and has been on the sidelines for the last three months. But after returning the training 10 days ago, Diaby was picked in a strong looking under-21 side that took on West Brom on Wednesday afternoon.

The line-up included the likes of Andre Santos, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Carl Jenkinson, Francis Coquelin and Emmanuel Frimpong, but it was Diaby who was pulling the strings midfield, according to Arsenal’s official match report.

The Frenchman was subbed in the 65 minute after an impressive comeback that will surely put him in contention to feature against Manchester City on Sunday. We’ll learn more when Arsene Wenger holds his weekly press conference but the signs are that Diaby will be back in the first team reckoning soon. The question will be, how long will he stay fit this time?!

The game against West Brom ended 1-1 with Andre Santos finding the net for Arsenal just before half time, so the Brazilian is also putting himself in contention for a first team return. But with Kieran Gibbs impressive recent performances, it’s going to be difficult for Santos to force his way back into Arsene Wengers plans.

How do you think Abou Diaby fits into the Arsenal midfield? Get involved in the comments section below.



  1. yakubu m.odah

    January 9, 2013 at 4:46 pm

    Good news to all gunners hope he will stay injury free at least this season end up gunners

  2. Noble Onye

    January 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I realy fill for Diaby, i pray God will keep him injury free. Up gunners!

  3. nico

    January 9, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    We need him… Fit…

  4. Ibeabuchi francis

    January 9, 2013 at 5:14 pm

    Oh!what a joy to see the Lanky midfield marshal Abou Diaby back fit and playing. In thought of whether he should be slotted straight into the team especially against man city bcos he’s the kind of player we’ve been looking forward to in our midfield,so i look forward to a team like this:SAGNA,MERTESACKER,VERMAELEN,GIBBS ARTETADIABY WILSHERE CARZROLA WALCOTT PODOLSKI.UP ARSENAL!!!

    • cliff

      January 9, 2013 at 6:14 pm

      you forgot the goalkeeper, arteta should be out we are tired of the backward passing of arteta……….

      • Ry

        January 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm

        Yes we are

      • Door Gunner

        January 11, 2013 at 2:12 am

        the big proble, with leaving Arteta out (and i agree too much back passing slowing transition and costing the team momentum) is that them we are left with Ramsey (shudders). Ramsey decision making is apalling as his ability to retain the ball or pass under presure. We need Diaby fit to kepp Ramsey out of the team if nothing else! Shame about his injury ( Ramseys) cause hes nver been the same since…or even close.

    • seagoon

      January 9, 2013 at 8:18 pm

      You seriously prefer Sagna over Jenks?
      For me, this is the last chance saloon for Diaby. Another long term injury and he has to go. We quite simply afford to pay wages for someone who plays less than half a dozen games per season.

  5. adai

    January 9, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    Yeah,I really wish Diaby injury free till d end of d season. This will add some steel in our midfield and as well take off some pressure 4rm d defence. God will protect u 4rm d legs of our wicked enemies. Spurs,Fulham,Chelsit n swansea

  6. shaggy

    January 9, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Having Diaby back is more than a result it’s vital for the team…With him or someone very like him Arsenal would’t be where they are now. Everything has been going to the center lately and out on the left side of our defence. I personally think Gibbs has been dodgy with the ball over the top this season but i think that is because he is covering for the lack of a real holding mid. When Diaby is back in the team. Arsenal will be a different side, we need a defensive midfielder in the caliber of Diaby !! His is unplayable when in his groove but a half fit Diaby still bette than what we have had recently no disrespect to Arteta he has done a great job but its not his position !! Jenkinson needs to replace Sagna i feel un easy with Sagna but Jenkinson give me faith!!

  7. samuel deya

    January 9, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    In my view,Diaby is arsenal’s yaya toure-if he can stay fit…if he manages 2 stay fit 2 the end of the season..’oh boy’….Tha Old arsenal would be back…many chances would be created n with finishers like podolski n Theo..!!!..just imagine..Arteta-diaby,carzola-wilshere-poldi,Theoooo!!!..

    • cliff

      January 9, 2013 at 6:18 pm

      remove arteta the backward passer.cygan was better than arteta he should be luck to be wearing arsenal uniform………

      • Michael Staley

        January 9, 2013 at 6:47 pm

        This is a news item about Abou Diaby. Why do you use it as an opportunity to badmouth Arteta? Is your attention span like that of a goldfish?

        • Ry

          January 9, 2013 at 7:24 pm

          We was never a team to keep passing to our CB’s we play attacking football he has the most passes because he’s always passing the ball back pick your game up

  8. Adah

    January 9, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    V.D. is a bundle of strengths and raw power but injury seems to get the better part of him which is not his fault anyay. Why I decided to join issues here is b/c of our players notorious jinx of coming back from injuries during tranfer windows only to return to it when window closes thereby derailing plans for the team. So my candid advise is for Wenger to, irrespective of the come back players, spend to bring in good players. We have suffered for years hence the need for a more improve buys.

  9. Eric

    January 9, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    May the almighty god keep him fit! Dire need of him in the park.

  10. ogugua

    January 9, 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Diaby is good but he would have wait after january window becaus wenger will use him as an excus of not signing player

  11. ogugua

    January 9, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Good news but i know Diaby is not ready, wenger just want to use him as an excuse in this january window.i too pray he will deliver from from injurie through this method

  12. MistaKen

    January 9, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    I have never known a player who is injured for two thirds of every season return to full fitness and play even 50% of the games. It doesn’t happen, and we should not expect to get much out of Diaby in any season. It’s a real shame for him, but his body is not up to the riggers of football.

    • Ry

      January 9, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      Are u a arsenal fan RVP was the same way be for real

  13. Chris

    January 9, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Oh no, I fear he will be our ‘new signing’ in midfield and last about a month. I love him as a player and so want him to stay fit but I have no faith that he will.

    Why oh why did we renew his contract last time round? He should have been given a pay as you play deal, it would have saved us a fortune that could be spent elsewhere in the squad

  14. Nonso

    January 9, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    It is rily nice diaby back bt we stil nid a backup so dat we dnt use him al d time til has recovered fully.
    For those criticizin arteta cmon arteta has done wel rememba dat’s nt his position,al i blame is AW who risk believin dat diaby ll stay fit.pls has ramzin gone loan…CYOG

  15. ken

    January 10, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    diarby like a patrick veira shame about his injurys but if he does get fit for the arsenal and has a good season for the gunners he will proberbly leave like RVP for medals trophys and in five years from now he will be worth much more , hang on diarby for wengers and the boards dream sell in the future

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