Arsenal have had to do without the influential and talented Abou Diaby for most of the season so far. The Frenchman has not played since the end of September, when he was injured during the game against Chelsea. He has only made five league appearances all season, but will soon be adding to that, hopefully, as Arsene Wenger has revealed that he will soon be back in full training for the Gunners.
Wenger had previously stated that, after much searching and testing with medical experts around the world, the source of Diaby’s injuries was found. He has a problem with his muscle fibres that means his muscles do not recover quickly enough to play regular games. It is unclear whether Arsenal have discovered a way to combat this or will simply play the 26-year old sparingly, but he could be available for some key games in January.
Arsenal face tough games against Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool for three league games in a row in the latter half of the month, games which could have a big effect on the outcome of our season. These games are at least a week apart, which might be enough time for Diaby to play in them all.
For the game against Newcastle tomorrow, both Olivier Giroud and Tomas Rosicky have recovered from the illness that kept them out of the Wigan match, so Wenger has the luxury of nearly a full squad to choose from.