While writing yesterday's blog on Aaron Ramsey I decided to go back through the years to see what I had to say on the player. It made me realise how much I must have repeated myself over time. When a club has players on it's books for years and you write about those players (formerly on a daily basis) frequently, it stands to reason that you will find yourself going round and round in circles jumping from player to player.
Gael Clichy is wonderful at making those interceptions - Gael Clichy switched off and we conceded
Emmanuel Adebayor scores against Tottenham - Emmanuel Adebayor continued to stray offside
Abou Diaby is starting to string games together - Abou limped off with a thigh strain, Arsene says he will be back in three weeks.
Unless you are highly creative like the excellent Poznan in my pants (Blog/Twitter) then it's difficult to say something new if everything stays the same.
So to last night, Abou Diaby returned to action for the under 21s, just as he did last season against Liverpool when he scored.
So what do I say that is different? I've said it all before countless times, more times than I have mentioned Ramsey's Barnet debut.
The only difference this time around is that I am expecting him to find his way back on the treatment table where as before I have been hopeful that this injury would be his last and he'd finally 'do a van Persie'
In a rather weird way I am hoping that the change in my head will somehow conspire to prove me wrong but I know that is all the sort of mumbo jumbo that I hate. Just in the same way that saying that Arsenal will spank Hull in the FA Cup final or losing in stoppage time will have absolutely no bearing on the result.
Abou Diaby divides opinion like nobody else at Arsenal. There are some who think he is a special talent and there are those who believe that he is overrated, lazy and a liability. I think the negative perception of Diaby is a little unfair at times. He is often accused of not passing the ball quick enough or that he dribbles into traffic. Similar things have been said of Aaron Ramsey and Theo Walcott not so long ago. Ramsey was accused only last season of taking too many touches on the ball and Walcott was known to run into traffic. The difference with them and Abou Diaby is that of age but whether you are a young player or an experienced one, all players need games, momentum, and continuity. Without that players will make errors. Abou Diaby has spent most of his pitch time in the last few years trying to catch up and regain match sharpness while others around him already have it.
I'd be fairly confident that had any of Pires, Vieira and even the likes of Henry had to suffer with the same injury history as Diaby then we would look at their talents very differently.
Abou Diaby's contract runs out at the end of next season and if his injury problems come up again then that would more than likely be that for his Arsenal career. But regardless of what happens with Abou, I think Arsene needs and wants to add another physical player to his collection of talented midfielder's and anything we get from Diaby is a bonus. A big, juicy, talented, driving, dribbly bonus.
While it would lack a more naturally defensive minded player, how fun would a trio of Diaby, Ramsey and Özil be against a team wanting to sit back at the Emirates? I'd love to see that.
I've spoken to many a fan who thinks that Liverpool performance was a one off, perhaps it has been. But had the lad avoided Dan Smith then I reckon we'd have seen plenty more where that came from over the years.
Anyway fingers crossed because a healthy Diaby is better for Arsenal regardless of what you feel about his ability.
Lastly before I get off to bed. Don't forget to check out the Fanzo app on the ol iPhone. It's free and you'll find all sorts on there. I might see if I can find some Diaby vines and just cry to myself. http://bit.ly/1hVy8SV