I think it is time for the Arsenal manager and the fans to face facts and accept that Abou Diaby will never be available to play. That way, if he can manage a few games here or there it will be a bonus, but we cannot rely on him. It’s no fault of his own, or even of the medical staff at Arsenal, apparently, but the French midfielder has some problem which means he cannot play regularly as it affects his muscles and leads to further injury.
Cast your minds back, Gooners, to the end of September. We all had a rosy glow, because we had stopped worrying about why Arsene Wenger had not bought the defensive midfielder we had all been waiting for. We didn’t need anyone, because Diaby was awesome and was the perfect link between Arteta and Cazorla.
We were flying, easily beating Liverpool, Southampton and Coventry, while outplaying Man City at the Etihad. Then high flying Chelsea came to the Emirates, during the game Diaby went off and we crumbled. Since then, the midfield and subsequently the whole team has suffered.
Wenger announced today that Diaby has got no chance of appearing again before Christmas, and does not seem to have any clear idea when he will be able to play again. It’s a huge blow for Arsenal and for Diaby himself, but we cannot wait for him. He could have been as good, if not better, than Viera and Yaya Toure but it is not going to happen.
It’s no use crying over spilt milk, the best thing to do is go to the shop and buy some more milk, or you are going to have to do without. Diaby may be able to play some games, like Ledley King did for the Spuds, but when his contract ends we should say thanks and goodbye. It will be hard to find anyone with his talent, but Wenger has got to try.