Diaby reveals his gratitude to Arsenal

The Arsenal career of Abou Diaby has been very frustrating for Arsenal fans everywhere, but imagine what it was like for the man himself and his manager. Arsene Wenger has always had faith in the French midfielder, and it is the support and belief that he has received from evryone at the club that has kept him going.

“Mentally it was a hard time but I love football. Football is my passion so it doesn’t matter what happened, I need to look forward and that is what I have done in this situation.

“I have to thank the manager because I have had tremendous support and, as a player, it is really important to have that support. Support from your team mates as well, I have to say that during this period they helped a lot.

“I want to enjoy myself because I love football, and to pay back the club, manager and team mates as well.”

The 26-year old French international joined the Gunners in January 2006 and made 16 appearances before a horror tackle by Sunderland defender Dan Smith fractured his ankle and threatened to end his career. Arsenal fans finally got to see Diaby’s potential in the 2009/2010 season, the first one he started fully fit.

Last season he was again plagued by injuries but this time around has started fully fit again. Wenger and Diaby will be careful to avoid any more problems this season and this could be helped by Diaby adopting a more progressive role. The French international believes his best position to be more like that of Yaya Toure at Manchester City than as a replacement for Alex Song.

“I am not like Alex Song. We have many players who can take his place like Francis Coquelin or Mikel Arteta, who likes to play deep. I want to get forward, that’s me.”

We want you to get forward as well Abou, just don’t go diving into any challenges. If he stays injury free, Diaby will get better and better and, when Wilshere and Rosicky return, Wenger will have a hard decision to pick the midfield line up.

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64 thoughts on “Diaby reveals his gratitude to Arsenal

  1. Toby Mangle

    More of the same please me old china!! Well done. Up the arsenal

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  2. PopularPete

    He is a truly magnificent talent. So many people have abused him, mainly Arsenal fans. You should all apologise to him. He is a more skilful player than Vieira. Should he be able to stay fit he will be the PFA winner.

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  3. Sureli

    If Diaby was fit for the past six years he was at arsenal, we would probably have called Yaya Toure the new Diaby.

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  4. JStarrr

    Well done Diaby, always knew you was capable and talented.

    P.S. Look up Diabys Top 10 goals on youtube. Wow.

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  5. wengerswallet

    @ koolio

    who cares!? the only ins and outs list that matters is Wenger’s! you are a noob!

    Opinions divided. What do you think? Thumb up 12 Thumb down 16

  6. elvi

    he is our real treasure….
    arsenal must tie knot with him soon on papper for 5 years deal…he worth 80k

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  7. elvi

    where are those guys!
    use to talk much in this comment list about m villa n bla bla bla…they said deal is done…where is m’villa guys?

    Top Gooner!. Agree or not?: Thumb up 12 Thumb down 2

  8. mkenyaarsenali

    Well done diaby..habv always been yo fun man bt i guess wen yu hav made yo name its wen u say…arsenal has no ambition n u quit to werever…xorry jus thnkin aloud man:o;)

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  9. ButtFlaps

    Diably is top mans. WHY! because good controls and top brains. Arsenal invincibles 2 HOORAY

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  10. Pete

    Admin, why when I open up some of your stories i am redirected to a website saying local sluts want you? And there are pictures of naked women mastrubating.

    (ADMIN COMMENT – Your phone has got a dodgy app that is hijacking your PC or your phone. This is nothing to do with me I assure you!)

    Top Gooner!. Agree or not?: Thumb up 27 Thumb down 4

  11. g882

    “ARSENAL, MEET THE ARSENAL
    THEY’RE A TOTTENHAM CRUSHING FOOTBALL TEAM,
    FROM THE TOWN OF LONDON
    THEY’RE A PAGE RIGHT OUT OF HISTORY

    LETS RIDE WITH THE FAMILY DOWN THE STREET,
    WITH THE COURTESY OF SANTI’S TWO FEET

    WHEN YOU’RE, WITH THE ARSENAL
    YOU’LL HAVE AN ABOU DIABY DO TIME
    AN ABOU DO TIME
    YOULL HAVE A GAY OLD TIME!”

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  12. danny

    With rosisky, wilshire and sagna coming back our squad is really capanle of a title challenge!

    Top Gooner!. Agree or not?: Thumb up 33 Thumb down 1

  13. Lab

    I hope stays fit long enough to kick disloyalty out of football (van Judas) like he kicked rascism out of it (Terry)!!!!

    Top Gooner!. Agree or not?: Thumb up 25 Thumb down 1

  14. Gooner4life

    Give this guy a new contract extension! And quick! Keep away the scavengers!

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  15. Keith

    Stay fit son and we will chant you name and you can become a legend at arsenal.

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  16. Akeel

    Diaby is class….yesterday they had no answer for him…..and this is the quality we need seems like injuries always pick our best players but 1 season fit and its damage…..EPL teams will cry….:) Diaby go strong and show the big spenders money doesn’t blend a team or ensure class

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  17. benji

    @ john 3:16 doesnt rate diaby. so @ koolio, hence his absence. diaby is such a fantastic player, his handling of barton is right up there with moments like lehmann versus drogba and keown versus nistlerooy. some of his goals have been great to. i remember the goal he got in a demolition of derby county once upon a time. honestly, wilshere and rosicky have got a job on their hands trying to break up our midfield of arteta, diaby and cazorla.

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  18. goonner

    i strongly believe in terms of depth we have one of the best midfield in the world. Top 5 for sure! Diaby,Cazorla,Arteta,Rosicky, Wilshere, Coquelin and also OX could play midfield. Amazing Midfield!

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  19. fran

    always loved him, never thought he would come right but im so glad i was wrong. pleeeeeeeeeeeeese abou D stay fit pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeese. coyg

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  20. goonerdooger

    stop saying all hail diaby when most of you were hating on him last week

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  21. craig2500

    As usual an Arsenal players career is nearly ruined by a horror tackle. If there was a broken player league down to bad tackles we would be top. Surely you would think Wenger has a massive case when speaking to refs. Glad to see him back, unlike others iv always liked his lanky leg style that has come closest to a Viera replacement. Dear Jesus, give this bloke a good year like you did RVP without injury, he deserves it.

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  22. Younggunnerspatz

    Its like when a lot of Arsenal fans wrote off Rosicky! Pure class can’t wait to watch this guy prove his worth this season just like Rosicky did last.

    What on earth will our starting midfield look like with Jack & Thomas back?!

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  23. benji

    @ young gunner spatz. you cant drop our 3 midfilders in the form there in. although all three have backup in coquelin, wilshere and rosicky. and thats without mentioning frimpong and ramsey. and to think gooners desperately wanted m’vila !!!!!…….. more than stocked.

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  24. CHARLIE GEORGE

    The little boy inside me says give me 200k per week the pay my medical bills when I get crocked and let’s all laugh when fat boy hooker looker Rooney falls flat and arsenal blow away MU

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  25. mr lean

    wish AW would withdraw diaby from the France squad im sure he’s picked up a knock at anfield and needs a rest !!!

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  26. mr lean

    nice to cpme on here and not be misled by all those with “inside knowledge”,still i suppose they have got a few months before they start with the b#llshit again

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  27. mr lean

    Nov 3rd frimpong becomes an Aresnal legend for showing the world what happens to traitors,rvp be afraid, be very very afraid !!

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  28. OnDGooner

    I am not getting carried away with Diabymania yet until we circumvent Man City & Chelski and he still comes out tops! Good player? Yes of course but we need consistency from him over time before all this ”hail Diaby full of grace” nonsense!!

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  29. Lab

    When we find ourselves in times of trouble
    Arsene Wenger says to me
    ‘He’s like a new signing: Diaby!!!’

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  30. benji

    @ on d gooner. diaby is a great player that has just had a great game !. how is discussing this “nonsense”. you sound like my spurs mates !!.

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  31. lawnwaibe

    Diaby is a wonderful player.He is very skillful and this is his year. My crystal ball tells me he will be fully fit this season. He can also score goals if he takes shots from vintage positions that he creates for himself.

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  32. AmericanGooner

    I will admit I have never been a fan of his.

    I nearly threw up when he talked about wearing Spurs’ shirts at home.

    I felt he was always hurt and not contributing to the team.

    But I have seen something different in him against Loserpool.

    Now this.

    I apologize to you Mr.Diaby, you unlike many others care about this club and want to help it succeed. Not the club help you get big contract elsewhere.

    I hope you continue to play the way you played yesterday.

    I am rooting for you, best wishes the season!

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  33. Tamil is King

    Diaby he needs games to improve..after being out for so long hes a little rusty…let him play and he will improve and back to his best..???

    by the way where the M’vila, Capoue and Dempsey guys???

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  34. Tom

    He just needs to stay healthy for a while. When Jack comes back, we will have two great box to box midfielders.

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  35. Tamil is King

    if Diaby can perform again against city and chelsea…then arsenal stand a chance……….

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  36. Tom

    It’s very interesting to see Arteta play as a defensive midfielder. I for one thought we needed to buy a DM, im not gonna lie. But after watching Arteta do such a great job in the last 3 games, it now makes sense why Wenger didn’t buy.

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  37. Tamil is King

    Diaby apparently has 2 years left in his contract…i think….he joined since 2006 and resigned once…..

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  38. Tamil is King

    cant wait to see Gnabry, Eifeld, Coquelin and Frimpong play…most likely in Jan….i would preferr Frimpong goes on a loan….play 18 games, gain that experience and improved….and Arsenal will be stronger next year…

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  39. lmyyyks

    He had a fantastic performance at Anfield, but I’m still keeping a tight look on him. His physical attributes and ball-protecting skills makes him a good DM, but he is always slow and indecisive in making a pass, as opposed to Arsenal’s fast and fluid playstyle. I think it is better he sticks to a defensive role.

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  40. Tamil is King

    another 2 more great games against chelsea and city….Diaby will be in Real Madrid in Jan

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  41. FEZv3

    Like my old football coach used to say”there’s coaches that get football players, but also coaches that make football players”

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  42. Skeeza

    It’s still only week 3, Diaby had reminded us what he can do when on his game, I’m hoping he goes from strength to strength and builds in confidence, and for those who remember Diaby of old, he is still prone to a silly mistake. Let’s hope he new found faith will make him concentrate and eradicate it from his game.

    I’d love to see him stay fit, justify the abilities wenger had been patient to wait for to the world,
    Then when it comes to signing a new contract! He turns around and says no to other clubs and makes public he is staying with arsenal as he feels he owes it to wenger the team the fans for be patient and wants to repay the faith… Like another player we once had should of!
    S

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  43. OnDGooner

    @benji

    I am only trying to manage our fans’ expectations; nothing wrong with that if what I wrote reminds you of your spurs mates then I will suggest you spend less time with them and focus on your team!! Who wants to make friends with spurs fans anyway? I have been living opposite one in these new style estates for the last 9 years and he has never but made eye contact with me ( and that was before he knew I was a GOONER)

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  44. vish Puro

    we’ll see just how grateful he is when a team comes in for him. Sick of our players making statements like this and then moving on at the next available opportunity!

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