Abou Diaby’s future with Arsenal is slowly trickling down the drain as the Frenchman will not be fit to compete this year.
The injury prone France international seemed to be back in top form this season after a series of excellent performances, and it seemed Wenger’s faith in the tall, agile but physical midfielder was finally paying dividend – until injury stroke once again back on September 29th.
Over two months on and several occasions of Wenger stating Diaby is ‘two- three weeks away’, finally there is an honest return date – unknown.
But there is some positive news as Laurent Koscielny is close to returning to full training, Walcott is still a doubt but Olivier Giroud will be fit for this Mondays clash against Reading
Arsene Wenger revealed the following team news on Arsenal’s official website:
[on the latest team news] It’s difficult because some players are still not practising so I can still not tell you exactly who will be available on Monday. Koscielny should come into the training group today, with Walcott we don’t know but Giroud is back.
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[on Abou Diaby’s injury] Slow progress. I cannot give you any fixed date because we are a bit in no man’s land on that front. He is working. We are waiting for him to come back but he is not ready.
[on him playing over Christmas] Over Christmas? Certainly not.
Although Wenger blasted the French national team for selecting Diaby, it was he who started the midfielder against Chelsea when he pulled up injured – he should have been rested.
Walcott’s injury is still a big blow with Arsenal failing to create much without him, but at least the return of Giroud will strengthen the front line and hopefully drop Gervinho to the bench.
Monday’s tie is vital as they need a win after some poor showings in the league recently, not to mention the loss to Bradford in midweek. Time to turn the Club’s fortunes around Wenger!