While playing Everton, Manchester City and Chelsea in 3 of your first 7 games could be considered a tough start to the season, picking up 2 points from a possible 9 in those games isn’t going to do you too many favours going forward. Arsenal, having a relatively easy run of fixtures starting against Hull City later today, thus cannot afford to drop their guard and lose any more points from now till the end of November, when they play Hull City, Sunderland, Burnley, Swansea City, Manchester United and West Brom in the Premier League. In addition, why the next few weeks could prove crucial to Arsenal’s season?
Tall, athletic, pace, dynamic, finisher. The same few words that come to every Arsenal fans’ mind whenever Abou Diaby is being mentioned. Abou has long been seen as a midfielder with talent and strength. Whenever he is on the field wearing an Arsenal shirt, he has played up to decent standards and would always prove himself worthy for a spot in the team. He is dynamic and fearless when it comes to the football pitch. That is the reason why Arsene has decided to stick with him despite all his injuries over the years.
Going into the New Year, 2014 holds so much hope and promise for the Arsenal. In 2013, we saw the Gunners leapfrog rivals Spurs once more to the top four and Champions League football, whilst this current campaign has gotten off to a cracker that has seen Arsenal travel to the top of the Barclay’s Premier League.
Next up for Arsenal in the league is a visit from Cardiff, who come to the Emirates Stadium today, in hope of finding some light at the end of the tunnel, with their favoured manager no longer at his post. Instead Vincent Tan’s public humiliating will hopefully continue when Arsenal look to run riot against them.
The Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has now come back to fitness after six years of injury hell, and he proved it by playing (and scoring) for the Arsenal reserves yesterday afternoon.
Now he just wants to put all his problems behind him and get on with doing what he does best; playing a great game of football. Diaby said today: “I am very happy to be back – I have done a lot of work with the medical staff to get back in the frame,” h
All Arsenal fans will be praying that nothing untoward happens to Wojciech Szczesny in the next couple of weeks, as Arsene Wenger has confirmed that both Lukasz Fabianski and the hapless Vito Mannone were both injured in Greece in midweek.
Wenger was discussing the problems to come out of the Champions League defeat, and also confirmed that Arsenal are waiting for specialist tests on Andre Santos’ ankle.
He said: “Santos has an ankle injury so he is out. He will see a specialist in the coming days. Mannone and Fabianski are both out. Mannone has a shoulder problem, he saw a specialist on Thursday night. Fabianski has a nasty cut on his knee.
Arsenal’s manager Arsene Wenger seems to think that Robin Van Persie’s numerous injuries made him a tougher player and a more motivated one, and that being away from the pitch for long periods of time made him realise that he must give his all with every occasion.
“When you see the player that arrived and the player he is today then you have to give him a lot of credit,” said the manager. “His transformation has been exceptional.