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Diaby considers leaving Arsenal 14 November, 2007

Posted by lasagnechef in Arsenal News, Transfers.

Abou Diaby

Sad news really. I’m a big fan of Diaby (when he’s played in centre midfield), but we possibly have the best collection of centre midfielders in the world. Fabregas, well, I don’t need to tell you about him. Gilberto is excellent and the captain of Brazil but I believe that he’s nearer the end of his Arsenal career than the beginning. However there’s Denilson, Flamini and Diarra fighting for that second place in the first team also at a young age.

I think Diaby’s got the talent to be the best out of those three names above but I completely understand his concern. I think Diarra is the long-term option in the first team and Denilson will probably end up competing with Merida etc for a place in the future. But for now, it looks like it’s Flamini and Fabregas in the team with Diaby only getting chances out on the wing or in the Carling Cup.

Here’s what he said:

“This time I have not been called up by France and I do not play that much for Arsenal. I need playing time. I thought that I would continue after I scored but it did not happen. I remain patient and do not give up because I know that my chance will come. Arsenal’s team is doing well so I have to show patience and it will be unlocked then. I do not regret my choices. Those things happen.”

“The situation is like this today but it can change tomorrow. The players that are on the pitch are not automatically better than those who are on the bench, but they do their job very well. The season is long so I do not plan a move yet. Maybe later if it continues, but not in January.”

There are some positives and negatives from those quotes. At least he believes his chance will come and he’ll carry on trying. I thought it would be hard to find Vieira’s replacement but Wenger found the absolute duplicate. Hopefully he doesn’t move on but we’ll have to wait and see what happens in the summer.


In other news, Adebayor talks about how his lack of goals recently was effecting his confidence. This was very clear watching him play and as soon as he goal that goal in the second half of the Reading game you could immediately see the difference. Hopefully he can still find that form after this 2 week break.

Ashburton Grove is prepared for the risk of a terrorist attack. Which is nice to hear.

And Arsenal.com has a nice little piece about some of our most beautiful Premiership goals. We scored our 1,000 league goal on Monday night and they’ve picked out some of the best to bring back some happy memories.

That’s about it for today. Look out for a t-shirt competition coming in the next few days or so. Bye bye for now.


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