Diaby, the final piece of the puzzle for Arsenal this season?
Arsenal’s boss has suggested that the French midfielder will have to adapt to a new role, after a long period out.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has admitted that French midfielder Abou Diaby will probably never be the same player he was before injuries plagued him, having sat on the sidelines for 18 months.
The 28-year-old made his first start for the first-team this season in their 2-1 defeat against Southampton in the Capital One Cup game back on Tuesday night, and although he played well and finished the match unscathed, manager Wenger has revealed that Diaby will have to adapt to a position which does not demand so many risky sliding challenges in midfield.
The manager had this to say: “I try to transform his game, yes because I feel because he was injured for a long time and he has the physical potential to win the challenges – to face the game will be easier for him than to play with his back to goal with the injuries he had.”
“I tried to develop him in a deeper role, I think he can do it.”
Diaby will not be expected to have much of a large role in the squad, but it would nice to see whether or not he can cope with the demands of playing regular first-team football again after a disappointing spell on the sidelines and also with the injury situation currently plaguing the Arsenal team now which has been further trimmed down after captain Mikel Arteta and Aaron Ramsey were the latest to go down with injuries of various degree’s in the North London derby.
It’s fair to say that he’s been unlucky over the past few years, but with Arsene Wenger’s side short in number due to injuries the midfielder is set to see the Arsenal set-up more often and who knows he may be the defensive midfield hero a lot of Arsenal fans have been clamouring for all this while.
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