Light has appeared finally at the end of the tunnel with regards to Arsenal’s crocked French midfielder Abou Diaby. The Frenchman has been out for over year owing to his anterior cruciate ligament which he ruptured in training. In his spell out, many pieces of advice had been suggested. He should retire, Arsenal should cancel his contract amongst others.
Wenger seems to have turned deaf ears to all the suggestions and now Diaby is back having fully recovered. He even played a game for the U-21 team which put him in good frame to make a first team return but that was put on hold owing to a little niggle he sustained. Apparently, it was nothing to worry about rather a consequence of a long lay-off. Finally, he is fit and in contention to make the trip to Carrow Road for Arsenal’s final league game and penultimate match of the season.
With the tie being dead rubber, it won’t be a bad idea to test run Diaby’s new found fitness. He may not play the whole match but it will be great if he can get 45 minutes of first team football under his belt. Diaby’s return is a little too late to be considered for selection to Les Bleus squad for the 2014 World Cup but it is right on time to be part of the Arsenal’s squad that will end the protracted trophy drought in the FA Cup final against Hull. Hopefully.
Should he be offered a new contract? I think it is too early for that. He still needs to prove his fitness. Coming back hasn’t been his problem but staying fit for a decent spell has been. Diaby is talented and if he stays fit, he can be a handful for teams. This means Arsenal have to keep watch over him and once he proves his fitness, Arsenal should offer him an extension.
Hopefully, Diaby will be available for the FA Cup final and it will go a long way in boosting Arsenal ranks for the final. A midfield of Arteta, Flamini, Diaby and Ramsey should be able to see off Hull.