The Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has been injured for nearly the whole of his Arsenal career, but since his return at the beginning of the season he has been a revelation for the team and we were all looking forward to another Man-Of-The-Match performance against Chelsea yesterday.
But the Frenchman only lasted 17 minutes of the match before being taken off and replaced by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Wenger’s early prognosis is that he has a “muscular strain” and will be out for a “minimum three weeks”. Knowing Wenger’s awful record of predicting the return of players from injury perhaps we can expect a much longer period on the treatment table?
This news is ironic in that I have only just posted an article about how good our injury list is looking right now, but at least we shall have Frimpong (and hopefully Wilshere shortly) to fill in any gaps in the squad.
Until they both reach full fitness though, Wenger can certainly utilise The Ox in the middle of the park for a while, considering that he believes that that will be his best position in the future. There is also Aaron Ramsey who could profit from being brought back in from his unsuitable wing position, and Francis Coquelin could certainly be given some experience in that role against “lesser” teams for now.
Or perhaps a certain little Russian could be given another chance down the middle……