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Diaby on comeback trail for new Arsenal contract says Wenger

The latest news on Abou Diaby and his injury situation is sure to please a lot of Arsenal fans, but the suggestion from Arsene Wenger that the French midfielder could also be set to receive a contract extension to his current deal that runs out at the end of this season will dismay just as many.

You cannot help but feel sorry for the talented player who only managed to play 11 games for the Gunners before the Sunderland defender Dan Smith smashed his ankle apart with the horror tackle that was the start of a never ending list of injury problems that stopped him fulfilling the huge promise he had showed before.

TWO bits of GOOD injury news for Arsenal fans to enjoy!

It is rare enough for Arsenal fans to get any good news on the injury front, with recurring problems to the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil having ruined the end of last season and the start of this one. So to get two pieces of good news in the same week is almost unheard of for the Gunners.

The first and perhaps most important piece of news is the report in the Daily Star that reveals that news of the latest serious injury setback to the unluckiest man in football, our French midfielder Abou Diaby, has been flatly denied by an Arsenal source.

Did Arsene Wenger REALLY believe that Diaby would be Arsenal’s new DM?

I honestly don’t know why Arsenal fans keeps asking whether Abou Diaby will soon be able to play, considering that Arsene Wenger yet again refused to buy a defensive midfielder in the hope that Diaby would be able to fill that role.

Four weeks ago Diaby himself told us that he had been lined up by Wenger to play as DM. He said: “The boss and I have spoken about it and it could be an option,”

“The boss told me he could see me playing in that position and that he thinks I have the ability to do it.

In-depth 5 year analysis of Arsenal’s injury problems – The facts!

Every year it seems that Arsenal have an ever lengthening injury list from the beginning of the season until the end, and according to a new in-depth injury analysis by cuteinjury.com.

This fascinating study gives us a warning that things could still get worse this season, as Arsenal’s worst month for injuries is January (26 in last five years) closely followed by November (24) which is just around the corner!

In total, the Gunners have succumbed to 194 different injuries in the last five seasons, which averages out at 38.8 injuries per season – or just over 1 injury for every Premier League game! This adds up to 362 playing hours lost which is about 6 years per season.

Wenger compares Kieran Gibbs to Abou Diaby!

Poor old Kieran Gibbs has had many chances to become a regular starter in the Arsenal first team but every time that Gael Clichy got injured, the young left-back rarely managed a run of more than a few games before getting injured himself.

Since making his League debut for the Gunners at the tender age of 18 he has never managed to stay fit for a full season, and last years tally of 24 League starts is the best he has achieved in the intervening 6 years at the club, but he has always shown great promise when fit enough to play.

The simple reason for Arsenal’s crippling injury problems!

Why Arsenal are so inconsistent by Big Gun

I read an interesting comment this morning about Arsenal’s poor injury record. The comment was extremely long and touched not only on that, but as to why in general we seem to be so inconsistent and struggle against tougher teams. Yes, every season we go through this and its crippling effects (pun intended!). Many have their own opinion, pointing fingers at the medical team, the manager, evil spirits, I think I read it all.

Should Arsenal use Diaby as DM against Chelsea?

Arsenal were very impressive in the first half against Galatasary, in fact they controlled the game right up until Wojciech Szczesny got himself dismissed, but there is no doubt that Sunday’s game against League leaders Chelsea will be a different kettle of fish. The Gunners will have to be much stronger at the back and the defense will need as much help as possible from the midfield.

Due to Wenger refusing to bring in a new DM in the summer and the subsequent injury to Mikel Arteta, we only have the lumbering Matthieu Flamini available to take that role, unless Wenger decides to use the ace-up-his-sleeve and take a chance on putting Abou Diaby in at the deep end against Jose Mourinho’s men.

Will our new injuries actually work in Arsenal’s favour next week?

Has Fate Intervened to Select Arsenal’s Best Possible Squad Despite Wenger? by NO

Against Spuds as usual Wenger had surprises for the fans, he insisted on the 4.1.4.1 setup and left arguably Arsenal’s best player right now (Alexis Sanchez) on the bench. He insisted on a Wilshere-Ramsey partnership in the middle of the pack. I honestly want to believe that Wenger decided it was too risky to allow Spud’s aggression to remove our best player at the moment and understood that Arsenal will be less effective up front for it, but hoped that the Ozil-Welbeck partnership would blossom.

Arsenal v Southampton Player Ratings – Rosicky and Podolski unimpressive

Arsenal 1 – 2 Southampton Player Ratings by KJ

Ospina – 6
He didn’t look great tonight. Seemed shaky at times and should’ve done better for Southampton’s second goal. It was a ferocious shot but it was straight down the middle.

Bellerin – 6
A decent performance. It was much better than the one against Dortmund but that is understandable considering the opposition. Seemed to lose the ball too quickly in the attacking third and didn’t offer much going forward. Was strong defensively though.

Chambers – 6
Held onto the ball for far too long and it’s clear the booing by the Southampton fans got to him slightly.

Official teams and preview of Arsenal v Southampton

As expected, it is a much changed Arsenal starting line-up that Arsene Wenger has picked for the third round visit of Southampton in the Capital One Cup. The big news, though, and something that should put a smile on all of our faces, is the return of Abou Diaby, as the most unlucky Frenchman in football makes his first senior start in 19 months.

It is a decent looking side as well, reflecting the fact that Wenger now has a much stronger looking Arsenal squad to choose from. Joel Campbell, Alexis Sanchez and Lukas Podolski is certainly not too shabby looking a front line, while Rosicky and Wilshere alongside Diaby is a fairly strong looking midfield as well. It is the defence that looks a bit inexperienced and could be a weak link tonight.

Arsenal v Southampton Preview, Line-Up and Score Prediction

Arsenal vs Southampton Preview, Line up and Predicted score by KJ

I’m normally pretty excited about the League cup as it gives us an opportunity to play some of the younger players and we usually play well. But with our lack of defenders, I’m deeply concerned with Wenger playing the likes of Chambers only for him to get injured.

Southampton will be coming into this game as favourites on Betfair with the defence I’m hoping Wenger puts out. We can’t afford to risk our players for the League cup and that is completely Wenger’s fault for not bringing in enough defenders. But what’s done is done and we will need to cope.

How serious should Arsenal take Southampton in League Cup?

We all know the usual drill with Arsenal in the Capital One Cup, or whatever name it had in the past, as Arsene Wenger tends to use the competition, especially in the earlier rounds, to give the young Gunners and fringe players some valuable game time and experience.

But the game tomorrow at the Emirates might be different. With Southampton coming to town, Arsenal are facing strong opposition, who have no European games to worry about and so their manager Ronald Koeman may want to keep the team that has been doing so well recently, together.