Is Diaby the key to future success? by CI
During my life as an Arsenal and football fan i have witnessed many remarkable moments of Arsenals history including the invincible era. But ironically my first real game i watched on TV was our last major trophy. In this game (fa cup final of 2005)i saw a winning team, but where did it all go wrong? Or has it? Despite going without a major trophy for nearly 8 years, we have always been around, Whether that has been in a Champions league final or coming 3rd in the league.
Despite being nearly men there this season we have seen a large flaw in our play this season, our lack of a true defensive midfielder. It was apparent that with Diaby our play was so much more fluid that its been in the last few seasons, I rate Diaby very highly and would say on his day can be as good as Yaya Toure, This can be seen in the Liverpool game, he held the ball tremendously well, allowing the likes of cazorla to be involved. And ultimately as is typical Diaby he becomes injured ( I know he cant help it but we can all say we are fed up with it), but now it seems wenger has found out what his problem is, and to cut a long story short he wont be able to play every single game. You see this has ultimately some real positives for us. You probably will all wonder what I am talking about, but with Wenger not being able to choose Diaby every game we can tap into what is our wealth of unfound talent. This rotation can be with the likes of Frimpong or le coq, Allowing these players to flourish with the added game time.
With the rotation as well we can put Diaby into the more “Key” games therefore not having to put these flourishing players into a baptism of fire. Aswell, allowing these players to have added game time would allow us to combat a long standing problem with our club, it would allow us to find a suitable replacement for Diaby if either his injury becomes too bad like that of Ledley Kings or whether he leaves if he becomes too good. However people may not buy him because of his new problem of not being able to play every single game without being out for months.
However the problem what we have now is that our one other real combative player (Frimpong) is out on loan therefore this has already created a problem, problem being Arteta is being used as a defensive midfielder, this started off well as we paired both him and Diaby together allowing arteta’s attacking exploits to be used, whilst Diaby can defend, also with Diabys strength his attacking exploits can also be used, but now he is out and wilshere is alongside arteta we are lacking strength and defensive abilities. And we are essentially having 3 attack minded midfielders which is all well and good if we can defend, which we cant. However what this does mean is our attack is becoming more stronger, for example this can be seen in the recent 7-3 win over Newcastle.
Therefore Diaby is not just a influence in midfield but in defence, is it just a coincidence that since his injury we’ve conceded so many more goals than before when he was free of injury. And to be honest at the start of the season with diaby in the team we look unstoppable, and since then we’ve just looked plainly average. So lets hope this problem isn’t too bad