Arsene Wenger has admitted that Arsenal may have to get used to playing without Abou Diaby. The French international has been out of the Gunners team more than in it ever since Dan Smith of Sunderland fractured his ankle with a horrendous tackle in 2006. The latest injury was muscular and he should have been back weeks ago, but Wenger has revealed that the problems are ongoing and may end up finishing the talented midfielder’s career.
“I can tell you he has been everywhere in the world to be assessed. There is an explanation. He is quick, strong, has good stamina, good resistance to repeat, but his muscle strength is not good enough to deal with that. Sometimes, little fibres go in his muscles, that is basically his problem.
“When you play every three days, you cannot rebuild your strength as you need to recover. When you don’t rebuild your strength, through the games you burn your fibres a bit so that means you become weaker and weaker, so that means he gets injured.
“The second reason for his problems, of course, is his ankle. Since he was slaughtered at Sunderland, his mobility in his ankle has been affected.”
Wenger also spoke about how important Diaby is to the Arsenal team and that is a major reason why we are struggling at the minute. Wenger obviously planned to have Diaby available this season and that may be why he did not pursue a defensive midfielder in the summer. Arsenal cannot afford to be without him for long periods of every season, so Wenger is going to have to do something about that. Diaby is a fantastic player, but he is not much use to us in the treatment room.
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