Arsenal’s French international midfielder Abou Diaby has not had it easy in the last two years, but is desperate to put that behind him and drive Arsenal to glory this season. He is confident that he can form part of a devastating midfield for the Gunners this season.
Diaby is relishing the chance to play alongside Mikel Arteta, after injuries meant that he only appeared in four league games last season. The 26-year old was greatly impressed at Arteta’s contribution to the Arsenal midfield after his move from Everton, and believes that they will work well together. It remains to be seen how Arsene Wenger will line up the Arsenal midfield, but Diaby has his own ideas on that score.
“I personally prefer to play with three midfielders, because I can go forward and I can also defend. I think it is the position that suits me best.”
Diaby, Fabregas and Alex Song were fantastic as a midfield trio, but his last two seasons have been really frustrating as he could not seem to keep free from injury long enough to get his good form back. So far this summer he is looking good and will only improve with time and match play.
“The only thing we love is to play football, and seeing your team mates play every weekend while you are on the bench is quite hard…First of all it does affect you physically because you cannot play, and, I have to say, mentally as well because it is hard.”
Hopefully he can stay fit and take his opportunity to become an indispensable part of the Gunners next generation. Diaby,Song,Arteta, Ramsey and Wilshere in the middle, with Walcott, The Ox, Podolski and Cazorla marauding down the wing should make mincemeat out of most teams. I don’t think we really need Nuri Sahin, but it will only be a loan deal if he does come.
Come on you Gunners