Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has spoken of his sadness regarding the recent departure of Abou Diaby with the midfielder released following a horrendous bad luck with injuries.
Diaby, having only appeared twice for the first team since March 2013, was finally released and Wenger described it as one of the saddest days in our clubs history in an interview with Arsenal player.
Not only were his injuries a frustration for many, but his potential when fully fit allowed us to see flashes of his supreme talents, something which has led Wenger to handing him the biggest possible compliment.
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“He was the closest to Patrick Vieira we have seen here,” Wenger said about Diaby to our media channel.
“With even a good offensive potential and in France he’s regarded highly because every time he played in the French national team he made the difference.
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“It’s one of the saddest moments for us at Arsenal.”
Arriving six months after Vieira’s departure to Juventus, the comparisons were inevitable. Despite the similarities, Diaby was much more of an offensive threat than his predecessor.
The excitement was feverish among fans in his first few games, but his severe ankle injury at the Stadium of Light would hamper his development forever and Diaby never recovered.
A very sad case of ‘what might have been?’, hopefully, Diaby can enjoy the remaining few years of his career at another club.