Should Arsenal give Diaby one more chance?

Abou Diaby was released by Arsenal but the midfielder is free to train with the club

Diaby was officially released by Arsenal Football club on Wednesday. But, Wenger is willing to let him use the London Colney training base to build fitness. Some analysts see this as a slight chance for the injury plagued midfielder to again play for Arsenal.

The 29 year old French midfielder is desperate to resurrect his career in some way. It could be in the Premier League or abroad and Wenger wouldn’t mind helping him in all possible ways.

Diaby has played only 16 games for Arsenal over the past four years. The time lost is specifically because of various injuries he suffered over this period of time. The terrible catalogue of injuries for the player set his career so much back that a comeback looks very distant.

Wenger has offered similar chances to many of his past players. Sol Campbell, Thierry Henry and Jens Lehman have been offered usage of the training facilities similarly.

Diaby was earmarked for great heights very early in his career. Likened to a former Arsenal great, Patrick Vieira, his early potential made him a player to watch out.

But, he was nowhere close to realizing his complete potential despite his excellent start. In the midst of numerous comebacks and set-backs, Diaby managed 180 first team appearances for Arsenal in God knows how many years.
Along with Diaby, academy players like Jack Jebb, Austin Lipman, Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill and Josh Vickers have all been released by the club. The contracts for all of them have not been renewed.

Diaby is sure to be remembered as an enigma at the Emirates stadium. When he first burst on to the scene, the similarities to Vieira were there for everyone to see. Suddenly there was euphoria among the supporters too!

But, the entire scene was to change for the worse for Diaby. He suffered a broken ankle against Sunderland in 2006. In more ways than one, this was the turning point for Diaby and Arsenal.

The catalogue of injuries that Diaby had to endure was blamed back to the injury in that game. Wenger still believes that Diaby has a lot to offer to the club. This should explain the training opportunity.

Would Diaby have been able to scale greater heights had it not been for the injuries? No one will be able to say with certainty. But, Wenger is hopeful that Diaby resurrects his career. And he wants to do everything that he can.


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  1. No. It’s not best for us or him. We could use that squad spot for someone that will likely contribute to our season. If Diaby stays fit he’s an exceptional player, but after so long on the sidelines he’d need playtime to get anywhere near the level Arsenal need. We can’t offer that. He needs a fresh start elsewhere, away from the stigma he gets at Arsenal.

    1. Agreed, he’s had his ‘one more chance’ a few times and unfortunately it just wasn’t meant to be.

  2. Yes give Diaby new 5 year contract, Sanogo 10 year contract and Flamini 7 year contract.

  3. Arsenal lineup next season:
    GK Cech/Szczesny/Martinez
    RB Debuchy/Bellerin
    CB Gabriel/Mertesaker
    CB Koscielny/Chambers
    LB Monreal/Gibbs
    CDM Krychowiak/Coquelin
    CM Ramsey/Wilshere/Cazorla
    CAM Ozil/Rosicky
    RW Ox/Gnabry
    LW Sanchez/Welbeck
    ST Lewandowski/Walcott

      1. That’s not the way Arsenal, or any of the top clubs do it. The big shez will start cup games. Assuming anything else is setting yourself up for disappointment

  4. Yes they should if you agree to pay his wages! Thanks for your poser. I thought some Mr-know-It-All would ask, but I didn’t see it coming from you as I’ve always known you to be measured and level headed in your posers!

  5. Well….. Why would arsenal put up on the website he is one of five players that has been released by the club. Be a bit late now, to give him another chance. Seeing as the last 7/8 years we’ve been hoping he would get over the injuries. But as time went on the injuries got worse. Sad

  6. We should find a new DM. It’s better for him to restart in a more relaxing environment rather than in the BPL.

  7. Judas linked with a move to besiktas. Oh! How the mighty have fallen. Laughing my oesophagus outta me rear out rolling on the floor (Figures guys)

  8. I like Diaby but him staying means one less needed player being bought. How many times has Wenger not bought a midfielder who can play for most of the season because 3 games per season Diaby gave him an excuse not to do it? There could have been anothercouple of trophies in the last 10 years had if we had that extra man in the team …. instead of having use players out of position to bridge the gap left by Diaby.

    We heard too many times Diaby, “will be like a new signing.”

  9. Sirdhar, its 180 games in over 10 years mate not good enough for our team sentiment apart, no team in EPL will keep him for such a long time .. I personal think he go back to France league 2. And resuscitate his carrier.

  10. You guys at justarsenal are starting to really spout some utter bollocks! Been seeing some rubbish articles on here of late! when everyone is talking about moving the club forward you’re talking about diaby! Turning yourselves to epic clickbaits!

  11. Diaby should consider changing career. Perhaps train as a coach or tactician. We should all feel sorry for him in his series of injuries not condemning him. Where did some us take humanity?

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