Diaby is No Winger
For the second big game of the season Arsene Wenger has deployed Abou Diaby as a winger. Whilst the big man played there last season and has also been deployed in that position this season, he is not and never will be a winger.
Diaby’s best performances have either been as a central midfielder or playing behind the main striker. The size and strength of Diaby scream out central midfielder. A few weeks ago Arsene praised Diaby’s performances and compared him to Vieira. We all thought that Arsene had seen the light and would stop playing Abou all over the place and focus on using him as a central midfielder.
Alas both the FA Cup semi-final and the Champions League semi-final have shown that Arsene believes that Diaby is suited to playing out on the wing. In both games the tactic did not work and Diaby’s performances have been questioned. If the idea was to use Diaby to negate the attacks of the opposition, then his services would have been better employed in the centre.
Diaby is strong; he shields the ball well and can shoot. When he sees space he uses his speed to rip through defences as he showed away to Aston Villa and Newcastle. Use his strength in the middle alongside Fabregas and we have the ideal partnership.
I have stated before that there is so much to come from Diaby but Arsene must play him in central midfield. Using his as a winger is a waste of talent and only serves to confuse the player.