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Abou Diaby has had surgery on his ankle. This has been a rather longstanding problem that affected him quite a lot last season, so hopefully this will finally put it right. It is likely that Abou will be out for eight to ten weeks, meaning that he will miss the games against Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester United, and also the Champions League play-off. This means that he will probably be back by the end of August. Here’s what Wenger had to say about the situation:
“Abou had ankle surgery during the break,
“Normally he should be back eight to ten weeks after his surgery, which means the end of August.”
I am not quite sure what to make of Diaby. Like many other people at Arsenal, he has promised so much, but has rarely delivered. Comparisons have been made between him and former Arsenal legend, Patrick Vieira. Yet, Diaby has struggled to hold down a first team place. That said, with the likes of Fabregas and Wilshere as your competition, who can blame him?
Wenger has often deployed Diaby in a sort of holding midfield role. I don’t think this is his position though. He is most certainly a box to box midfielder. The problem with Diaby is that he is great at getting to the final third, but once he makes it there, he is clueless about what to do. He can never seem to find the final ball or realise when he should be shooting (not that many Arsenal players actually like shooting anyway). He sometimes seems to hang onto the ball too long or pass backwards in order to not lose the ball. I do think that if he were given a few games to build up some form, he would not look so confused in the final third. I do think that there is more to come from Diaby. Perhaps a change of formation or the departure of Cesc will give Diaby a chance to prove himself.