There seems to be another good news for Arsenal on the injury front as the almost forgotten French midfielder Abou Diaby is said to be closing in on a return to action from injury. The former Auxerre man that has seen his Arsenal career blighted by all forms of injury, the latest been a cruciate ligament damage he sustained in training. There seems to be light at the end of the tunnel as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger revealed that his compatriot is closing in on a return to first team training which will be a landmark step towards returning to the field.
“Diaby is back to full training next week,” he told the club’s official website.
“He could be available soon, maybe in a couple of weeks.”
Am I excited at Diaby’s imminent return? Probably but I am not depending on it. the Frenchman’s fitness has a knack for flattering to deceive. He gets fit at the tail end of the season after missing the chunk of it and stays fit during pre-season and with that, Wenger would see him as a valuable member of the team and fail to bring in another defensive midfielder in the summer but shortly after the close of the transfer window, he goes down injured again leaving the team hugely exposed and lightweight in midfield. Based on that, he cannot be depended upon. Diaby should be seen as a valuable squad player when fit but too much importance shouldn’t be attached to him knowing he could go off injured anytime.
It would be a shot in the leg if Wenger uses his return as a reason why he won’t be buying another defensive midfielder. The Gunners need more steel in the middle of the pack and cannot depend on feeble Diaby to provide it.