Wenger will sit down this month to discuss with Abou Diaby over handing him a possible contract extension, the Express reports.
The 28-year old has not featured for the Gunners this season since the League Cup defeat to Southampton in September due to set backs with his injury recovery. Many gooners have written him off though widely acknowledging the player he could have been but perhaps Wenger has not quite given up yet.
“Diaby is progressing in training, step-by-step, but he’s not in a position to play yet.” Wenger said.
“I will have to talk to him soon (about the contract). I plan to do it in March.”
It will raise the hopes of the “Diaby sympathizers” (and there are many) who feel the former Auxerre star who arrived North London in 2006 as a hugely talented 20-year old with the world at his feet deserves a second chance.
Fact is that he has indeed had many chances but never for a good stretch of time and any situation that will lead to him still being at the club beyond July would prove the manager still has some faith in him.
But for a vast majority of Arsenal fans, Wenger would struggle to find a justification for handing him a new contract. 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.
Wenger will discuss with him with all reasonable terms on board but for any chance of that yielding fruit, Diaby will first have to be in a position to play and for now, he remains some way off.
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