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Given that we are in the closed season, we are not expecting too many updates regarding injured players. One player in particular that we weren’t expecting to hear from for a long while is Abou Diaby, who Arsenal told us would be out for “8 to 9 months” after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament at the end of March. However, Diaby, who is currently recovering at the French national team training centre in Clairefontaine, has now told L’Equipe that he is already off his crutches and will be running again in a few weeks:
“I’ve got rid of my crutches. Now I have to walk. I’ll start running again in a few weeks. I want to take my time to ensure everything is good.”
The news of Diaby’s impending (possibly at some point) return should be good news for Arsenal fans, but the cynic in me only says that this means that Arsene Wenger will now delay signing a new defensive/central midfielder in the hope that the Frenchman will be back early enough in the season. Somebody needs to tell Arsene that we cannot rely on Diaby playing more than 10 games. He is essentially our Owen Hargreaves – a great player, but destined to spend forever on the sidelines.
So which midfielder would you guys like to sign this summer? The big rumour is Maroune Fellaini, but we are also being linked with Sven Bender, Lars Bender, Etienne Capoue and Maxime Gonalons.