The new season has hardly got started, with Arsenal having played just one Premier League game so far, but we are already having a mini injury crisis. When I looked the other day, there were six first team players supposedly on the sidelines and there had been no mention of Abou Diaby in any of the matchday squads, ominously.
So when I saw this picture on Arsenal.com today, I breathed a huge sigh of relief. With Mikel Arteta out and still no movement from Arsene Wenger in the transfer window for that tricky deep midfield position, having the lanky Frenchman available again really could be like having a new signing.
And with just over a week to go before the transfer window shuts and a hugely important second leg Champions League play-off game with Besiktas coming up on Wednesday, Diaby should soon be appearing on a football pitch near you. If he is fit enough, I expect to see him start against Everton on Saturday, but it is probably more likely that he will come on as a sub and perhaps start on Wednesday. That European game is the one that we really need to be positive in and it is at the Emirates, whereas Everton away is one where we need to be solid and make sure we don’t lose. Maybe that job is more suited to Mathieu Flamini. Who do you think should play?