Will Abou Diaby ever turn out in the red-and-white colours of Arsenal again? I mean, besides training gear.
The 28-year old French midfielder had looked like he might still have a role to play in the team this season with that auspicious 60-minute appearance in the League Cup back in September. But another series of injuries have struck to leave him perpetually “progressing” towards a return, and that was the latest update from Wenger is his pre-Everton injury report.
“The only thing I must say is that he progresses well in training. He goes step by step but he has not played yet and is not in a position to play yet.” Arsenal.com reports
Everton actually does provide a reminder of some of Diaby’s best moments in an Arsenal shirt having provided an exquisite last minute long chip for Van Persie’s equalizer at Goodison Park in 2009 and there have been patches of other good moments since then to give gooners hope that their ‘New Vieira’ would eventually come good.
With weeks to go before his current deal at the Emirates runs out, it is almost certain that there wont be a contract renewal for the 28-year old as Wenger would struggle to find a justification for handing him one. It is hard to tell when his “progress” will finally reach the level of transmitting some on-field success and age is not exactly on his side anymore.
It’s not yet Adieu and hope can make us believe he could yet be the Miracle of the year (besides overturning that Monaco deficit) with a meaningful return before the season ends. ‘Meaningful’ in the sense that he gets back into the squad and puts the likes of Ozil, Cazorla and even Coquelin on their toes for their places. The latter’s role had been where Wenger suggested he would be adapted to play henceforth and while he is not famous for his defensive grit, the ‘holding’ role does fit into his set of skills.
Just that he needs, first, to be in a positions to play and for now, he remains some way off.
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