Time to Become a Legend – Diaby
This season was set up for Diaby to partner Fabregas in central midfield and show everyone finally that he is the player we have been looking for.
Wenger has played Diaby behind the striker or on the wing, but central midfield is the place for him. When he has played in central midfield, he has been strong and he uses his upper body strength to shield the ball. Diaby is not short of pace and is not scared of shooting when the opportunity arises. He has very good close ball control and his passing has been improving.
Diaby and Arsenal have been unfortunate once more, in that Abou has suffered a series of small injuries. This has resulted in another stop start season. Some of his displays have been below par; this is because Wenger has not settled on whom he plays in midfield, resulting in Song, Diaby, and Denilson all rotating.
In his last two-three games, we have seen a different Diaby, a Diaby who is confident, who creates chances and threatens every time he comes forward. When he has lost the ball, he is quick to try to win the ball back, something that was missing earlier in the season.
Due to his size, Diaby has always been compared to Vieira, what people do not realise is that Vieira joined us when he was 21.whilst Diaby is only 22. Diaby is slowly developing into a “Vieira” type player.
“There are similarities [with Vieira],” said Wenger after the Newcastle United game. “They are the same stature and the same size and have the similar style. Also Patrick is from Senegal and Abou is from Ivory Coast. But there is a lot of room for him to get where Patrick was. He is only 22 years-old and Patrick is a good role model for him.
“In the second half he did well. Abou has power coming through the middle of the park and he showed that on the goal.
“That is interesting for me. I feel there are similarities with Vieira and I feel he is growing at the moment.”
Diaby is the perfect foil for Fabregas; they are both attack-minded players, with Diaby able to carry the ball forward, whilst Fabregas will spray the balls around the pitch. Let us hope Diaby can remain free on injuries and become a true Arsenal legend.