Arsenal fans will have been dismayed to hear the news last week that their French midfielder, Abou Diaby, is out for another 9 months. That’s enough time to conceive and give birth to a mini-Abou.
The truth, however, is that the Frenchman has ruptured his cruciate ligament – an injury which will necessitate nine months out on the sidelines. It’s going to be a long, trying period for Diaby, though it wont exactly be a new experience.
According to The Sun, Diaby has suffered an incredible 36 injuries in seven years. That’s five per season. As a result, Diaby has only played 39 games in the last three seasons.
This is a player who should be bossing Arsenal’s midfield, but now may be facing the end of his playing career. The 26-year-old hasn’t enjoyed regular football in years and start to wonder if it’s time to start collecting his coaching badges.
It’s hard to think of a player who has promised more and delivered so little. Though it’s sad to view it this way, Diaby has been a drain on Arsenal’s resources for too long and he hasn’t been able to pay the club back on the pitch.
It’s also worth remembering that he takes up a squad place and his continued existence at Arsenal has stopped Arsene Wenger from heading out into the transfer market and snapping up a new player.
With this in mind, it’s worth asking the question: should Arsenal give up on Abou Diaby?
Arsene certainly hasn’t given up: “I thought originally it was just a little twist of the knee. When they told me it was a rupture of his cruciate, it’s demoralising.
I hope he will find the resources and the strength to fight for a comeback because he was quite down. I hope he will not give up.”
Diaby has every right to feel demoralised. His promising career as a top flight footballer was upended by a Sunderland player, who now plays in the Northern League first division.
But if he’s not willing to switch to a pay-as-you-play type deal with the Gunners, it’s time for him to move on and rebuild his career at a club that’s not so pressurised to deliver silverware.
Arsenal should consider giving him away for free, but asking for a decent buy-back option to be inserted into his new contract. Diaby should be ready to accept a drop in wages.
I wish Diaby all the best, but it’s time for him and his club to get real.
What’s your take? Should Arsene Wenger be keeping the faith in Abou Diaby?
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