Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has suffered a major knee injury ruling him out for up to nine months. The French International has suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury sustained in training and is set for a very lengthy layoff.
This latest setback comes as a massive blow to both Diaby and manager Arsene Wenger. Diaby has who has been injury stricken since his move from AJ Auxerre in 2006.
“Abou Diaby injured his left knee in training on Wednesday and he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament. Abou will undergo surgery to repair the injury in the near future.”
The injury to Diaby leaves Wenger short for options in the midfield and with fresh injury concerns including Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott, Wenger and his men face a battle to finish within the top four this season. Diaby’s Arsenal career has been blighted by injuries and has only made 19 appearances in the last two years.
However, what is interesting is the similarities Diaby shares with former star Robin Van Persie. Van Persie spent years on the treatment table and but has been injury free for the past two years. Fast forward to now and Van Persie has turned out to be one of the most deadly strikers in Europe, aged 29.
This may explain Wenger’s reluctance to sell the 26 year old, and why he kept Van Persie despite him being so injury prone. Wenger appears to have the same faith with Abou Diaby, who’s Arsenal career very much mirrors that of the Dutchman but this most recent setback will surely spell the end for Abou Diaby at Arsenal.
Written by Farhan Daw
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