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Do Arsenal need an imposing central midfield to be title contenders? 1

Posted on August 30, 2015 by Crippy Cooke

Arsenal have never adequately replaced former midfielder Patrick Vieira since the Frenchman left the club in 2005/06 to join Juventus (£14M approx.), with the likes of Alex Song and Lassana Diarra failing to replicate the antics of the Gunners’ ex midfield general, and many feel it’s why the Londoners continue to fall short in the title race.

Francis Coquelin has attempted to take on the destroyer role for Arsenal in the last year, but is at times guilty of being lightweight, while struggling to drive forward with the ball at his feet. Supporters have cried out for a new face to come into the midfield as a result, but manager Arsene Wenger seems content with what he has this campaign.

Abou Diaby set for West Brom move 0

Posted on July 23, 2015 by David Nugent

According to the Birmingham Mail, former-Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby is in talks with Premier League outfit West Brom over a move to the Midlands.

The injury-prone French international was released by Arsenal earlier this month after his contract in north London expired. There was talk of a pay-as-you-play type deal for the midfielder, but in the end he left the Gunners completely.

It seems however that the Baggies are prepared to give the 29-year-old a similar deal in order for him to carry on his career in the Premier League. The move would represent a very minimal risk for the Baggies.

Should Abou Diaby be given a new contract? 1

Posted on June 11, 2015 by David Nugent

French midfielder Abou Diaby was due to leave the club this summer, after his contract with the Gunners expired and it was announced that he was on the Gunners released list.


However, it seems there could be a twist in the tale, as the Frenchman’s representatives are in talks over a new contract according to the Metro and L’Equipe correspondent Bruno Constant. This represent a strange turn of events, considering Diaby has hardly featured for the Gunners in the last few seasons.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is a big admirer of the midfielder and has reportedly been desperate for the midfielder to prove his fitness.

Gunners could offer Diaby play-as-you-play contract 0

Posted on April 22, 2015 by David Nugent

According to the Telegraph, Arsenal could be set to offer French midfielder Abou Diaby a pay-as-you play deal this summer. The French midfielder is out-of-contract in July, but has apparently impressed the Gunners backroom staff in training.

Diaby was widely expected to leave the club and attempt to resurrect his career elsewhere. However, it seems he could remain at Arsenal while he proves his fitness and eventually earn a pay-as-you-play deal.


Abou Diaby’s story is a sad one of potential unfilled because of terrible luck involving injuries. The French midfielder has made just 16 Premier League appearances in the last four seasons because of perennial injury problems.

Have the injured Arsenal players been missed? 0

Posted on April 02, 2015 by David Nugent

As my colleague Crippy Cooke revealed yesterday, a number of Arsenal’s injured players played in a 4-0 win over a Brentford eleven on Tuesday in a training game.

Mathieu Debuchy, Jack Wilshere, Abou Diaby and Mikel Arteta all featured in the game and the quartets return to fitness may boost the numbers in Arsene Wenger squad.

Not Missed

However, to be fair Arsenal has not really missed the players involved. Debuchy has made just ten Premier League appearances for the Gunners since his summer arrival, due to the fact that he has endured two spells on the sidelines through injury.

Signing quality players will benefit Arsenal youngsters 0

Posted on April 02, 2014 by David Nugent

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has again talked about his club giving young players a chance to play first team football. The veteran French boss seems to believe the key to the clubs future success is their academy.


Wenger has a very good record of bringing in young players and then developing them into top players. Unfortunately in recent years that has happened a lot less. In the past he has developed the likes of Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry into world-class stars, as well as club legend.


Can Diaby overcome injury problems to resurrect his career? 0

Posted on March 18, 2014 by David Nugent

French midfield Abou Diaby has almost became the forgotten man at Arsenal. The 27-year-old has not played for the Gunners since last March, after the midfielder tore an anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.


The 27-year-old is determined to recover from the injury to play again. Here is an extract from an interview Diaby gave to France Football: “I never had a knee injury and it is really weird. You can feel physically there is something different.

“But I learnt a lot from my injuries. I can keep things in perspective. Even now I am very close to the end of my specific work, I keep things in perspective.

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