Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Arsenal turn down £10m for Diaby

Arsenal turn down £10m for Diaby

Arsenal have rejected a £10m bid from an unnamed Turkish club for midfielder Abou Diaby, according to Gunnerblog.

It’s unclear why Arsenal would turn down such an amount of money for a player who has spent more time on the treatement table than on the pitch during his Arsenal career, but continued doubts over the futures of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri, as well as want-away Brazilian Denilson, may have played a part in the decision.

Diaby joined Arsenal in January 2006, around the same time as Theo Walcott and Emmanuel Adebayor, but suffered a career threatening injury at the clogging feet of ex-Sunderland player, and now milkman, Dan Smith. Since then he has suffered a litany of injuries and has never been able to put together a sustained period of fitness and/or form.

He made only 17 starts for the club during another injury hit campaign last season, scoring just 2 goals. It remains to be seen if an improved offer will be made but for now a player who seems to be a firm favourite of the manager is staying at the Grove.

 

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  1. Wenger is bonkers.

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    • Bad reporting, Diaby is injured and may require surgery… He will be with us next season…. maybe we can sell in Jan.

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      • Have to agree with you on that. Plus why is the Turkish club unnamed? I think people are using any excuse to generate bad news stories about club policy.

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    • If this is true, God help us.

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  2. fucking wenger. he’s lost his marbles.

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  3. Have people at Arsenal gone mad? If there was really a bid of such money, Arsenal should have taken it. 10 mill for diaby, who is this crazy club?

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    • Hey, you need to stop for a moment and think this through.. At this moment we have the possibility of losing Denilson, Fab,Nasri and Arshavin, so lets face it, if that happens, would it be wice to sell of one of our other offensive midfielders? I think Diaby has great potential but is stopped by injuries..maby he will kick it off this season :)

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  4. 10million turned down?? Id have sold him for 4!!

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  5. You know it is Blogs at the Arseblognews desk and not Allen when you read–suffered a career threatening injury at the clogging feet of ex-Sunderland player, and now milkman, Dan Smith. Comedy gold.

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  6. This is a wind up…..

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  7. WTF arsene take the money and run. 10 million for that idiot is more than we could ever hope for

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    • Why go to the trouble of calling him an idiot? Do you even know the guy? Seriously, learn some damn respect.

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      • In fact, I recall reading that he is one of the smartest and well-read Arsenal players. Maybe I am mixing him with someone else, but I don’t think so.

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      • you’re right he’s not an idiot. Just a lazy clueless plodder, who dribbles when he should pass, pass when he should dribble, gets sent off for stupidity, and has an injury every other game. Perhaps we turned down 10 million out of embarrassment?

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      • Well said daryll

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  8. Arsene is something else.. how can u turn down 10mil for a player who is half fit and half sane? The way this man acts baffles me, sell the guy for 10mil and buy matuidi. I think arsene has lost it!!

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  9. We would be crazy to sell him! I look at rvp, Scott Parker injury prone players who now look much stronger physically.

    I am a massive abou diaby fan when he stays injury free he’s going to be a world class player. He’s such a wonderful talent who’s been si unlucky!

    Every time he comes back from injury arsenal fans expect top top performances which is unfair on him!

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    • Savage is a Dave

      Delusion is a serious crime.

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    • Fair comment John. I have zero doubt he would have been a different player had he not been so unlucky with injuries resulting from dirty play. I do like his Ballon comments, because they do indicate a level of ambition. People deplore the comments, but with a bit of perspective they should realise that they’re positive.

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    • yeah i just loved it how he famously got sent off against newcastle while we was 4-0 up, pure world class. newcastle ended the game 4-4. a game that i will never forget, it was overwhelmingly humiliating.
      arsenal vs newcastle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aAfNhGifceM

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  10. After the Diaby’s Newcastle Performance I would have given him away for free injury prone or not

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    • You clown – Diaby was by FAR the best player on the pitch for the 1st 45 minutes in that game. It was only when BARton nearly snapped his leg again that he over-reacted and got sent off. Considering what happened before he did well not to punch the little git repeatedly in the face.

      I just don’t get Arsenal fans anymore – it’s like we hate every single player other than Fabregas, Nasri, Van Persie & Wilshere, spend all our time slating them on the internet and groaning, moaning and whinging at the emirates when a pass doesn’t come off……… then we wonder why they might want to leave?

      Please use your brain, Diaby is quality when fit – its simply that his career was put on hold due to injuries – once he overcomes this you will be the 1dt person saying how great he is.

      Denilson, Almunia & Sqiullachi are the only players that deserves the grief they have recieved from the “fans”. Koscielny = QUALITY, Djourou = QUALITY, Clichy = Pretty Damn Good lest be honest, Sagna = QUALITY.

      etc etc etc I coiuld go on and on and on here. All I would like to see is Arsenal fans SUPPORTING our players when they are in the red & white.

      Just don’t get the hate & vitriol aimed at good quality YOUNG players.

      Sorry for the rant – had to get that off my chest.

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      • absolutely.

        People spend too much time reading hate mongering blogs and tabloid newspapers or playing football manager games.
        Wake up! Get a grip on reality and support the team.
        Wenger is a genius and if you don’t think so, you are either ignorant or stupid!

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      • Wenger a genius????????? ignorant and stupid fans cannot see this.????
        I thought we were making progress as a fan base from the one dimensional dillusion we’ve had over our manager but i see there are still some the hold the premature view of extremes i.e “He is a genius” or “He is an idiot”. obviously after the grief its apparent most of us are leaning towards the latter. however, after sobering weeks we have come to accept that Wenger is smart but somehow lacks the common sense to his own detriment. Have any of you AKBs ever wondered why this man never makes straightfoward decsions when it comes to signing players,why we are hoggling over the Samba/Cahill/Gervinho/Matudi/Alvarez transfers????? Fergie has with immediate effect signed defense and pushing for Nasri and God knows what else. Iam not saying Wenger isnt but it begs the question why would we risk losing out on Cahill or Samba when its crystal clear theres Mancity and Co that can outsplash our offer? Why toy with these deals?Why even toy with the Nasri issue seeing more players want to leave the club ? Wouldnt the priority be to sort out some of these urgent transfer needs just to lessen the pressure on Himself over getting bargainsThis is and losing out on our big players? I will tell you why. This is typical Wenger at his best, trying to prove he is smarter than everyone else by pulling out revalatory signings at the end as he has done in the past and to prove to everyone else The Wenger way works, we dont need to spend big to compete. And that my friend is our downfall, Same poor Wenger tactics and arrogance to prove a point except this time ,as he has been for the past six years, very wrong and out of touch cos the game has changed alot football does not work like that anymore. even sunderland signed Gyan and tuncay and its become so competitve its not about technical ability and if you think simply a good defense is our answer as he has put it your are wrong. the whole dynamics have changed and this is where Fergie has outdone Wenger, he has caught on to the change and he has adapted not only to the game but the business. he has scooped his 19th title not because he had the tech quality that Arsenal posses but simply because he has learnt to manage the team with utility players like fletcher,owen,oshea,west brown,etc and sacrificed to get quality where most needed and Berba for all his ‘floppiness’ still manage to bring a return on investment. yes he cost a ridiculous amount but he helped get the job done. Am simplying saying for once Wenger should use common sense and do the obvious and not always his astoundingly obvious tactics cos the longer we take to sign players, the only thing we can expect is left overs in the transfer and the same feeling we get when he fails to make timely subs, or clear common sense decisions. i feel we he doesnt make a drastic change and i mean a real drastic change in transfer philosophy we imight just witness the greatest undoing of ones managerial career of all time, mark my words come august we might be entering the season with fingers crossed

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      • Allez
        I take exeption to “Wenger is a genius and if you don’t think so, you are either ignorant or stupid”

        Based on what is aw a genius. A genius does not persist with players clearly not good enough costing us precious points every season. Embarking on some sort of siege mentality crusade to prove to the world his way us right. Not building on winning teams leaving keys players wanting away. Sticking to a set
        formation no matter who we play and
        refusing to change the formation even when clearly not working. instead
        ignorantly throwing on square pegs for
        round holes rather than adjusting the system. The work of a genius in your eyes ?

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  11. I think it would be best for both club and player if he moves on.

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    • I think it would be best for club and player if he can avoid ankle-snapping tackles for a 10-game stretch so that he can fulfill the promise he shows every time he gets a run of games.

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  12. Absolutely ridiculous!

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  13. Yeah, let’s sell our entire mf in one summer. I’m no Diaby fan either but you can’t let the entire mf leave

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  14. We should sell Diaby and buy Parker. Sell Squallaci and buy Scott Dann. Sell Nasri and buy Downing. Sell Almunia and buy Green. Wenger is so dumb. We need mediocre english players to win the league. Listen to the fans you french git!

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    • Sell nasri and buy downing ? Are you on crack ?

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    • Green?!?!?

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    • Sell Nasri and buy Downing??????

      The lunatics have taken over the asylum!

      The only good bit of transfer news I have heard so far this summer is that Downing is in talks with Liverpool – please, God, let that go through, so there is no risk of him joining Arsenal!

      The next bit of good news will be when AW denies any interest in Joey GBH Barton.

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    • Good one Adam! And to the people who answered him, it’s called sarcasm. Just wanted to make it clear before people without a sense og humour throw a hissyfit.

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  15. It’s important to have squad players who are willing to be just that, and not gripe ala Denilson.

    In my mind the pecking order in the middle, ignoring Nasri, is: Cesc, Wilshere, Song, Ramsey, Diaby, Rosicky, Denilson.

    I’m not sure you can bring in a 10 million pound player who will be okay with 5th choice. Furthermore, unlike Denilson, Diaby does have genuine talent and could still have his Malouda moment where the package comes together. Ultimately though, I expect Ramsey to be a bigger player for us.

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    • I agree.

      Diaby and Denilson are pretty damn good squad players. the problem is that there given high salaries too young, and we’ll probably have to offload at least one to keep the bank balance healthy.

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      • Yeah denilson is a quality squad player. I can see all the top European clubs queuing up for his services.

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    • Diaby isn’t a 10 million pound player, that’s the thing! We’d be just as well off with a 1 million pound player in his place.. or just promote some youth player there and make a 10m profit. Why tie up 10m in squad players just because they don’t gripe?

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  16. This can’t be true. Surely arsenal would bite the idiotic buying clubs hand of for an offer like that for abou ‘waste man’ diaby . Suspect injury record suspect attitude. He blew the Newcastle away game then showed he had learnt nothing by booting the ball away at Blackpool . Sell this idiot ASAP

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  17. Diaby isn’t a pub player! I don’t know what games u lot watch!

    Yes he messed up in the Newcastle but he was bloody brilliant in the first half!

    People still hate him for his own goal vs Man Utd he didn’t mean it! Just unlucky!

    Arsenal fans need to understand diaby can’t produce performances when he keeps getting injured! He’s had some horror tackles!

    The Bolton game where Paul Robinson nearly broke his leg into 2 was the game that ruined his season!

    In France people rate diaby over nasri. Laurent blanc loves diaby!

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  18. I HATE DIABY…………………… GET RID OF HIM! SIMPLE AS THAT

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  19. Maybe we bit the hands off everyone concerned at this club and there is simply noone left to sign a cheque?

    This is quite simply the only rational explanation I can come up for this if true.

    If this physically weak and mentally bereft runtchick cannot be allowed to leave the nest for a frankly staggering fee then what hope that mother hen will push the rest of the underachieving freeloading brood from under the wing?

    Fucking cunty transfer window.
    No hair left on me ‘ead so have to pull out me arse hair in frustration.

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  20. He single handedly fucked up the Newcastle game for us.

    When i see him come on as a sub in a losing/drawing game my heart fills with sadness and sorrow

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    • so he gave newcastle a penalty when there clearly wasn’t one did he?? Tell you what, and this goes for anyone else who thinks that was all Diaby’s fault or that newcastle were awesome and fought back hard, watch that game again and keep an eye on dowd, HE’s the one that lost us the 3 points in that game, not any one arsenal player or even arsenal as a collective and certainly not any “fight” or “skill” from newcastle. prick.

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      • FUCK

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      • Thank you thank you thank you for a finally sensible comment. Diaby was the best player by a million miles in the 1st half – Barton targeted him with a leg breaking tackle in the first few minutes of the 2nd half because it was Diaby making the difference.

        The guy is as unlucky and he is class and his luck will change soon :)

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      • Widge do you think we would have conceded 4 with 11 players on the pitch regardless of that disgusting pigboy dowd

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  21. Diaby is a classic example of the woeful lack of class and quality in the Arsenal side over the last 4 years. He is a donkey who is praised by Wenger, paid 50,000 a week to fail miserably and then patted on the back by the club……any fan who thinks Diaby should not be sold immediately must be looking forwards to mid table mediocraty…..10 MILLION??? They should give the bell end away!!

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    • Its fools like you that are responsible for the shit atmosphere at the Emirates. Please name an Arsenal player you actually like beyong Fab, Nasri & wilshere.

      Diaby is top top quality when he gets a run of games and even if he wasn’t, with the support of 60,000 fanatical gooners urging him on, he could be 10% better.

      We all have a responsibility to raise the players on a bad day, not just sit down and wait to be entertained.

      I love Arsenal as much as I hate some of our fans – and thats a lot.

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      • too true.

        Keep the faith, Pistol.

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      • Song. I like Song. He’s a beast

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      • Allez – I am keeping the faith dude – in the team anyway – it’s just the fans who consistently hate and hate – the barca game is the perfact example of how a ccrowd can lift the team and enable them to give that “bit” extra to beat superior teams. It happens against us all the time – look at Stoke away as a perfect example of an average team thririving off POSITIVE energy from their SUPPORTERS. We will get there and can’t wait for all of Gooverville and his ilk to kiss Wengers arse again!!

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  22. @ John,
    First of all mate this ain’t France.. so don’t care how highly he is been rated there
    He has been an absolute liability for the last 2-3 seasons.
    10 m is a lot of money for such injury prone head less player.
    Also can’t believe that some club actually made a bid for him…

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  23. Diaby is the next viera, he’s just been plagued with injuries and needs to get a good run of form & build confidence. His frustrations against Barton & in another game , I can’t think of at the moment, show his concerns for his ankle. Time will tell… Wenger knows what he’s doing. Have faith

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    • Ollie diaby is not the next vieira

      I’m sick of stupid comparisons with vieira. He’s not fit to clean paddys boots. Vieira had a mental and physical toughness diaby can only dream of. A refusal to lose
      Diaby strolls about like he couldn’t give a shit

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  24. Is there any proof this decision is solely decided by Arsene Wenger (turn down the offer)? Sometime i think he’s being bashed unfairly. And everybody tend to forget the good things that has been done a player and masked it with single or several mistake; this is what they called “mental filter”.

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  25. Feel sorry for diaby as well!

    That whole spurs shirt fiasco!

    I watched it on French TV kaboul and diaby were just having a laugh, joking about and thesun took it completely out of context!

    For me diaby is a special player. He literally got all the skills ie heading , tackling, stamina, tricks,/skills, passing ability, shooting ability, dribbling, set pieces etc

    He just needs a season where he stays injury free so he can showcase all those qualities!

    You look at our midfield players diaby is probably our most talented one in there in terms of what he has in his locker!

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    • Taxi for John

      Diaby has been at the club how many years ? He’s yet to prove he can string 4 games together without getting injured and plays with a frustrating lethargy and lack of fight. He also switches off at set pieces and has proved a liability over and over.
      More talent in his locker than cesc and jack ! Do me a favour

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      • John – Spot on, Goonersville, try supporting the team and the players in it and you might find their confidence and level of performance increases too.

        Please see my comments to other idiots above.

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      • Sorry pistol but I’ve been a season ticket holder since I was 7 I’m now 34 so don’t give me nonsense about supporting the players ad I’m there every week doing just that. But don’t expect me to sit there cheering a bloke earning 50 grand a week strolling around the pitch showing a massive lack of urgency and will to win. Man u have players who don’t have an ounce of the talent diaby has but work hard and give thier guts for the team. I’ve never seen this from diaby and doubt I ever will.

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      • Goonersville,

        perhaps that’s the difference.

        a United fan will cheer their player regardless of how much the player is earning; you’re not cheering because his shoulders are slumped and he’s making more than you?

        Maybe it’d be different if you cheered. Shame that “27 years” of supporting hasn’t taught you that much.

        Players are humans, not robots. Quick FYI :-)

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      • Alex
        Your missing my point it’s nothing to do with how much he earns.
        It’s about showing us punters some damn respect we are after all paying his wages and i don’t expect a half hearted performances and childish petulance. I get behind the team every game and I can easily forgive players for lack of ability but not for lack of effort.
        You think people cheering him running into blind alleys and awful distribution will help go ahead …But it won’t and as for utd fans cheering on players regardless that’s so naive it’s unbelievable they are more fickle than us

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      • Gonnersville – I do understand the sentiment behind what your saying – as long as a player gives his all we can’t ask for much more. What I am saying is though – if he IS having a bad day – it’s the cheers of the SUPPORTERS and their desire to will the team on that could drive, inspire and motivate him to give that bit more and “make the difference”.

        If all he hears after being disspossed, giving a misplaced pass, wayward shot or whatever is moans and groans (we have all heard them at the ground). How is that is, in anyway going to get him “up for it”?

        This has nothing to do with what he is paid – only what we believe constitutes the appearance of “effort”.

        What I am saying is that even if he is overpaid, even if he is crap, even if he isn’t trying, the SUPPORT of the home crowd could inspire the other 10 on the field to make the difference.

        Getting on players back only compounds the issue even further and it all becomes a “self fulfilling prophecy”. We think the player isn’t trying, the player hears the groans and passes responsibility to someone else who in turn has heard the grief Diaby may be getting, who then decides he will “play it safe”. Another sidewards pass maintaining possesion follows another as all the players follow suite… Cue toothless display, even angrier fans and the whole process starts again at the next home game.

        Some of the treatment Arshavin got for example was truly shocking….

        You have been going to the ground more regularly and longer than I have so I am not saying your a crap fan or a better fan because of that – I’m only trying to highlight that we can all make the difference and having been so often – surely you have noticed?

        I don’t expect you to support say………. Wilshere more than Diaby because Diaby earns slightly more – all 11 players wear the red & white of Arsenal, the fans and players both want Arsenal to win – by working together we stand far more chance of achieving our collective goals and us as fans should at least do our bit by getting behind them – then we have “earnt the right” to moan and groan on internet blogs and comments sections.

        Goonersville – I’d really like to hear your thoughts and hope you don’t misinterpret what I am saying as a “holier than thou” kind of thing – I just ate seeing our own players getting panned by our own fans.

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  26. Look RVP, scott parker were injury prone they have sorted tht issue out!

    I am pretty sure with diaby they can sort that out!

    However wenger and laurent blanc need to stop rushing him back and playing him straight away!

    We would be mad to sell him for £10 million and next season stays injury free!

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  27. It’s diabys attitude that does my head in. Seems to just stroll around. I’d say he has a good game every 1 of 5 if lucky. Added to his never ending injuries I’d be glad to see the back of him, might be harsh but the team comes 1st.

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    • +1 for this. All potential, no application. Unfortunately I suspect that he will be kept because of all the other uncertainty in midfield. Maybe this is Arsene mind game to provoke a change of attitude from being a target of Turkish team (no huge disrespect meant, but not the heady heights he might hope for). If he has a strong, uninterrupted pre-season, and then string some games together without breaking then who knows. Glass half full…

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  28. People seriously back off i personally like diaby i think he has got a alot to offer the team, he is a good plater when he is fit i want him to stay and can someone plz tell me why we havent signed gervinho, ricky alvarez, cahill or samba, while manchester united are getting stronger fml wish ashley young was at arsenal i hate arsene wenger he puts money ahead of his fans who want success

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  29. Wenger’s blind faith for his players is starting to cost us in the transfer market as well as on the pitch now.

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  30. Maybe I have too much faith but I think Diaby has what it takes. I’d like us to give him another year. I think he has the skill to really make an impact this season. Rosicky on the other hand, what’s the point anymore?

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  31. How can people like this giant turd! All he’s over done is fuck Arsenal in the arsehole with his laziness and selfishness. Diaby everything that’s wrong about the modern Arsenal. If Wenger turned down £10m then he’s a twat, and if he’s genuinely trying to persuade Clichy to stay with a bumper new contract he’s an even bigger twat.

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    • Well said on both counts James

      Clichy has been declining the past 2 seasons

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      • Whilst I would agree to a certain extend re: Clichy, I would also say that he has been targeted by opposition teams over the last 2 years because we are not as strong defensively down our left.

        This is not because “clichy is in decline” at the age of 26/27. This is simply because Arshavin does not track back as muchj as Walcott.

        How solid Clichy looked at times last year with Nasri infront, not Arshavin. I personally would like Clichy to stay as I don’t see anyone better (don’t even bring leighton baynes into this argument!!)

        Again, just hating our players…… and our manager…… why? Oh we haven’t won in 6 whole years……..

        Diddums that’s nothing compared to our history and we have no devine right to win each year.

        We are lucky that we support the club we do, watch the players we do, enjoy the football being played in the magnificent Emirates Stadium.

        Please can we just all get along and support the team? Why oh why do you hat us so much? I would rather you supported Sp*rs and took your hatred and vitriol over there.

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  32. It could just be his agent trying to drum up some interest in him and no actual offer has been made.

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  33. Sheesh gooners are selective as hell! it says in the article itself that as 3 of our midfielders’ futures are up in the air we cant exactly just go and sell a 4th.

    I would put money on the same people saying “WENGER IS A LOOONZ!? WTEFF?!” saying “OMG we’re a selling club look what wenger has done!” If we were to sell Diaby and then lose Fab and Nasri. Think before you speak, things arent always so black and white, THIS ISNT CHAMPIONSHIP MANAGER!!!

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  34. Why not sell him, and get the 10£ to buy a new and better defencive midfielder. If Wenger is smart he would sell him and use some money from our pocket aswell and buy a defencive player for 15-20£. This summer was supposed to be a busy summer afterall.

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    • The summer hasn’t started yet. Wake up! The international transer window opens on July 1st.
      Are you saying that you are more intelligent that Arsene Wenger?

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  35. I for one am glad that a deal didn’t materialise. Diaby is excellent when fit and on form. and he’s one of the few players that like to shoot from outside the box

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  36. we should be giving him away plus 10 million to the team that’s willing to take him

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  37. Diaby was not the only factor for the shittiness that happens at newcastle. There are 10 more players that should take the blame. Cesc was responsible when spurs beat us at home, yet nobody throw a fit at him. I say wenger should sell all the foreigners. They failed. Its time for the arsenal to be english again. Bobby Zamora will wear the no 7 shirt. And Bobby 7 will make defenders cry. Like old times.

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  38. Nevermind all that, why the f#ck is there a banner at the top of this page advertising Matchday VIP for Manure? It’s bad enough with Nike taking the p#ss out of us with that abomination of an away kit without this sort of sh#t too. Get it sorted blogs, NOW!

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    • It’s Google’s fault. I’ve blocked the URL but the ad still keeps showing.

      On the plus side, anyone who clicks it costs United money …

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      • Cheers Blogs, so guess what I’m going to spend the rest of my afternoon clicking on… :)

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  40. Diaby for 10million!!!

    Wenger run away with money!!!

    Anything over 3million for him is a bonus – this one is bumper

    No wonder the club wishes to be unnamed with the over the top bid

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  41. To me Diaby is a gd player,i like him.I want to see him next ssn as well as clichy.Its like some people 4get how quality the two are.

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  42. 10 mil – if it’s true then my sense of dread will deepen. HES NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

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  43. It doesn’t matter if you like the player or not. It’s business, just look at cesc. I think we can all agree 10mil for him would be good business. The boss would sell after supressing a smile.
    Side note: a thank you to blogs for keeping this about arsenal. Keep trash comments on trash websites

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  44. frankie frankie

    i would have taken a million. seriously, the guy is injured every 3 weeks. I can remember the last time he was fit enought to be even considered for 10 games in a row. plus he is a liability. he’s picked up stupid red cards and booking here and there and will only have 1 good game in 6. how on earth he is even considered for the national team is beyond me. get rid and get rid now. he will end leaving on a free in a couple of years anyway and would have only cost us money. i cant believe there are players like him at the club.

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  45. Look I can recognise diaby has the ability to fo well for us but I’m not seeing him progress and don’t think he has the attitude to bust a gut for the team or to drive himself to greatness. you can blame injuries for some of rusty performances but I can’t forgive lack of effort and acts of sheer stupidity that come with diaby. Times almost up for him and 10m is good business for a bit part player who hasn’t progressed in 5 years

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    • A more measured response there Goonerville – I hope my responses are taken in the right way above. I agree that he hasn’t progressed as we hoped however he has been magnificent at times and he has it in him.

      I just know we would sell him and he would set the world alight at his new club (a bit like I fear with Bendtner (although he does have to leave to get regular games).

      Last year, in Jan, everyone was like “we need a new striker bla bla bla”. Bendtner returned from injury scoring 12 goals in 11 games, single handedly keeping us in the title race before we ultimately fell short (again).

      Even then he got nocredit/positive press, if a new striker had come in and delivered what he did then we would have loved him!!

      Don’t know where I am going with this I just wish we supported our club more positively because the atmosphere at Barca was immense and raised our players game – giving them an extra 5% which was enough to get the late winner through Arshavin.

      If the crowd was like that every game – we would have romped the league last year. In my opinion, that is a fact (does that even make sense?!lol)

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  46. if english players are so good why can’t they progress far in big tournaments?
    but realistic, diaby worth less than that and not a regular player either. we need to sell and exchange at least 13 players such as Squillacy 5mil, Alminua 1mil, Clichy 10mil, Denilson 8mil, Rozisky 8mil,Diaby 10mil, Vela 10mil, Eboue 7mil, Bedtner 12mil, Chamakh 10mil, Cesc 40mil, Arshavin 15mil and eastmond 1 mil totaling 137 mil AND rplace them with, Given 6mil, Samba 12mil, Cahill 17mil, Gervi 12mil, Chamberlain 10mil, Parker 7mil, Benzema 25mil, Alverez 10mil, Baines 15mil and Mata 23mil for the same amount than we can win Tripple.

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    • You have to be off your rocker to think even half of those are possible. No club in their right mind would attempt such a roster overhaul in one season. That would be madness when we sell a few players and clubs are looking to get their hands on all the cash we have just received. Arsenal never sell that many, and even if they did there is no way we would go out and buy that many to cover. Too much work and I would be extremely nervous as well.

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  47. Midfield Corporal

    I think AW still sees what he first saw in him and hopes he’ll become this box to box midfielder. He’s worried if we sell him someone else will see the best of him. On his day he’s great but there aren’t enough of them to turn down 10mill in my opinion. Comparison with Vieira have always been ridiculous, they are very different players and would never have been made if he hadn’t been tall, lanky, black and French.

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  48. This story has to be wrong. 10 mil for a player who’s best goal at Arsenal has been a beautiful header right into his own net? This is garbage…but…however remote the possibility, true – means Wenger has gone Colonel Kurtz completely and this team is in serious meltdown.

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  49. Midfield Corporal

    If 10million is the fee offered it’s probably based on him playing a certain number of games, with additional payments if the club win the league, champing league, Nobel prize for literature. Initial fee probably 2 million . 10million is more of a story than a couple of million and extras.

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  50. It’s great to be back at the LGA conference.
    And I want to congratulate Sir Merrick Cockell on his appointment as Chair of the Local Government Association.
    Today, I want to talk about the big issue of the week – the reform of public service pensions.
    But before I do that, let me say something about local government.
    I want it put on record: I think you are doing a brilliant job in challenging circumstances.
    I know it was a tough financial settlement.
    And I know you are all grappling with some really difficult decisions.

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  51. Can’t believe people STILL think Diaby might be a decent player. He has let us down consistently. If he was going to be “World Class” wouldn’t he have dominated ONE GAME by now? I can’t think of one? He doesn’t have the fight to be combative midfielder, the skill to be an attacking one, or the guile to be a holding player. Get rid of him for even half that amount.

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  52. Holy shit dude, holy shit
    who on earth could turn down that offer?!
    it’s like turning down Megan Fox as she begs for a one night stand !!!
    lame AW.

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  53. Take the money and run as he bloody well cant !!!!

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  54. What a fucking idiot sack wenger and all the players spurs forever arsenal pussys

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  55. From all the comments above, Something is quite obvious.
    The problem with the Club is “to an extent” the fault of the fans.
    Lack of belief.
    You don’t support your players yet want them to perform magic.
    Quite a number are bitter that some players are earning more money than they can ever dream of in their lives and so uses every opportunity to pour scorn on them. And they think because they are “SEASON TICKET HOLDERS” gives them all the right to be mean, to whine from August to May???
    PEOPLE!!! you can’t get on the pitch yourselves. SUPPORT UR PLAYERS.
    Slagging them off at every point even in the stands will not bring that trophy. If you like buy the worlds best 11 players.
    Support matters. Get a grip..

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    • They did not stop in May, obviously.

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    • Chychy
      Yes your right it’s all the fans fault. We are all just bitter and jealous that sone players get to lounge around their mansion in a spurs shirt

      Of course as fans we have no right to question the manager after all we are in the champions league every year what more do you want
      Trophies are over rated anyway we are lucky enough to sit in our nice stadium watching beautiful football
      6% price hike isn’t enough if say

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      • Goonersville,
        Please don’t tell me you believe all the negative spin the media spouts about arsenal.
        Diaby and Kaboul were just joking around.
        Am really amazed at the how myopic some fans have become.
        Question the players all you want but be constructive with your criticisms.
        There is no need destroying even the small belief left.
        DON’T JOIN THE ARSENAL HATING MOB

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    • CHYCHY: Thank you thank you thank you. I agree completely – please see my posts above – Goonersville – do you even get what me and CHYCHY are trying to say – do you recognise our point?

      We all have a right to question our Manager & players of course we do. However we should also accept that although we all watch a lot, play a lot and read alot of football – what we now is not 1% of what Wenger knows, bugger me it’s not even 1% of what Fat Sam kjnows!lol

      All I am saying is, if we supported the team at home like we do away, we wouldn’t have a better home record and if we had a better home record – my lord we would have been mighty close to the league last year and we could feel more positive.

      Please see my note regarding Selfd fulfilling prophecy above.

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  56. 1. This story probably has no basis in reality. But for the sake of argument, 2-4 also.

    2. AFC is not a selling club.

    3. I can name three midfielders we need to show the door (and replace in the squad) before we think of selling Diaby: Denilson, Rosicky, Eboue (yes, in that order)–and that is looking just at the midfielders.

    4. Every player has his price, indubitably, but Diaby is simply worth more than the reported offer. At AFC, Diaby has First XI potential. I’m not going out on a limb when I suggest that Arsenal’s first-teamers are generally worth more than 10 million, bar advanced age or a refusal to sign a new deal.

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    • You’re obviously on some kind of ‘Class A drugs’ if you think
      ‘Dis-as-trous’ Diaby is worth more than £10 million!!!

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  57. I know there’s a lot of stories about various members if our midfield leaving this summer: cesc, nasri, denilson, etc. But if this story is true then we really need to take the money and run and give a chance to the likes of Lansbury

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    • razzamatazz how you doin dazz i bet your willy looks really frazzed while your wife is fucking mazz you know that? twazz i think your abit of a wazz dazz you are no longer my friend dazz you tuazz sorry dazz

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  58. I’d have let him go for a tenner after trying to engineer a move to them wankers down the road by telling them he walks around in a spurs shirt…… What an absolute cunt

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  59. Another fake story, no sane or even insane man would turn down 10m for Dead end Diaby.

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  60. Love the poetry Davesagunna82 your really quite talented, sorry I mean a twat.

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  61. Diaby £10 million??? I would have driven him to Turkey personaly! And not even asked for petrol money!

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  62. bog standard trolling. Well done arseblog.

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  63. Oh god. A bottle of wine later and the nightmare remains. Why lord why!!

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  64. personally I don’t believe diaby will be sold, I think the boss has too much faith in his abilities & potential, but if I was to offer my two cents to this very divided subject then it would be this,.. for me diaby is something of an enigma, we all know the talent is there, & sometimes we have seen flashes of it (first half vs Newcastle) but I don’t believe he has fully recovered mentally from his broken leg, & this is apparent anytime he receives a rash or reckless challenge, don’t get me wrong, he is right not to put up with any sort of tackles of that nature, but this is part of the game in England, an perhaps if he cannot adjust to that he should go to Spain or turkey? the boy is a good footballer, certainly on potential alone he can be arsenal quality, but potential can only take him so far, he also needs to prove himself, establish himself, & stay in the first team thus making it impossible for wenger to exclude him, & injuries aside he just hasn’t done that, if we compare him to cesc or jack who already have done that then I’d have to say sell the lad, let him flourish somewhere else, it’ll be hard to see him go, just like it will bendtner, but at the same time their departure paves the way for more promising youngsters. & if they do move on and become class players what about it? they won’t be the first or last players to have done so. the transfer windows not open yet so let’s stay calm and see what develops, there’ll be lots & lots of speculation about players coming & going at arsenal, this is normal for a club like ours, this is what’s it’s all about to be a fan of a team,. keep the faith.

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  65. Then again maybe he’s so perplexed by Rosicky, Denilson and Diaby that he doesn’t know which to sell to first.

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  66. All you other fans that hate diaby you all need to sort your lives out and go support west ham or stoke city because you actually dnt deserve to be arsenal fans!
    Diaby is a quality player, who has a very strong physical presence that lacks in the arsenal team fairly tall its a shame he’s been a victim of tackles from criminals lyk joey GBH barton!
    How can you pick on diaby when you have players like cesc and nasri who are absolutely taking the piss out of Arsenal? Both were made at arsenal. Cesc had no future at barcelona before arsenal bought him from them! He’s now our club captain and can someone tell me when has gerrard or terry or vidic ever came out saying they want to play for another team? Guess the word loyalty don’t occur to him!
    There’s bigger things to worry about at arsenal and picking on Diaby is not one of them fix up guys! We only need 3/4 top class players and we wil be invincible again! Hope a miracle happens or we wil finish the next season 5th if not sixth!

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  67. Without knowing the full details and/or if there’s any real truth behind this £10m Turkish bid (good point @argonaut), it’s pretty hard to comment HOWEVER, that kind of price is a good £3-£4m more than I’d ever thought Diaby is worth.

    All in all, he’s been with Us for long enough now to demonstrate that he’ll never cut it as a first team regular – injuries or no injuries.

    He’s also not the kind of player who you’d mind if We sold to another EPL side!

    I’d rather We concentrate first on signing a CB and LB. Hangeland & Baines……if only!! Let’s be patient and see what the next couple of weeks bring – although I’d love Us to ideally have started the recruiting already – perfect world and all that!

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  68. i dont believe we turned down such an amount for Diaby!! i really cant..!!

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  69. We’re being offered 10m. We have to ask now, is Diaby worth 10m? If your justification is that he’s quite good WHEN he’s not injured, he better be pretty bloody good given the amount he’s injured! He needs to be RvP “good when he’s not injured,” not just Bendtner “good” when he’s not injured

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  70. Guys guys guys. I see everything written on here and you know what? The worse thing is that BOTH sides have a point. For most of the season(s) Diaby has been with us he’s had a nightmare with injuries and consequently been unable to string a good run of form together. That’s football. The problem is there isn’t enough depth in the squad to take the strain and let him get fully fit before playing the full 90.
    It’s either bit part or “Off you go son, big game today, big performance required. I know you’ve been out for two months but there’s no-one else and we need you to play 90+ for us at full tilt!” Well shit the bed, he doesn’t quite manage it. Big feckin’ suprise.
    I remember that CL match against Fenerbahçe when he was immense. Maybe they’re the team interested in him? He bossed that match and scored as well, playing through the middle.
    As for getting a red card for squaring up to Barton? We’re saying that’s a bad thing? The only problem I had with that is that he didn’t rearrange the little cunts face before being sent off the pitch. Joey fuckin cuntbag Barton. Twat. Ten other players let us lose that match that we were winning.
    The own goal against Manure? He ahrdly planned to do it did he? Well Cesc gifted Farca their goal in the CL this year – should we all hate him too and demand he be sold to the first batch of DNA-obsessed-living-dead-faced-70s-perm-wearing-cunts that come along? I just don’t know.
    Sell the entire MF and buy a new one? You can buy a squad but you can’t buy a team. Do it and we’ll spend the first half of the season gelling and by then we’ll already be out of the title race.
    As for the ‘new Vieira’, how many red cards did he get?? The team around him covered for him when he was sent off, that’s the difference here. What did Paddy do in pretty much his first game for Citeh? Boot some cunt in the guts and get sent off!
    As far as the supporting the team for the full 90? What would have happened in ’89 if we were like we are now back then? Would MT have been busting a gut to score that late? Would the team have been putting everything into it until that last for a group of fans who were moaning and groaning every time the slightest thing didn’t come off? I don’t think so. There was a reason the result was “Never in doubt”. The passion of the loyal Gooners spurring a TEAM onto success.

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  71. i think the frustration displayed here is based on the feeling that there’s a lot of fiddling going on while Rome burns. In my view, we will all feel a lot better of Arsene begins to do some of the obvious things before embarking on the tricky decisions.
    Obvious:
    1.Shay Given is on the market. We need an experienced Kepper to show Shezza the way. BUY HIM.

    2. We need to offload players that haven’t helped us along either through injury or bad attitiude. 10 mill for Diaby? SELL HIM and buy someone else that will help us, or promote players like Lansbury to the first team, use the money to help land/pay wages for a top player.

    It’s stuff like this that drives us crazy.

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  72. That, of course, should be “keeper” not “Kepper”.

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  73. Keep going Pistol!! Diaby is quality (some issues yes) but all the points you have made are more than valid! Good to know there are some sane gooners out there!

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  74. I know this is a little later after the publication of this article. But I would like to comment on Abou Diaby.
    I personally think Diaby is a rare kind of player. He is tall and has very good technique, we cannot judge him only based on his loss of temper against Newcastle. Keeping Diaby I think is a good idea, with more time he becomes more mature and offer good backup for Alex Song and the other Midfielders. I know this might get you mad… but I think at his best he plays like a Patrick Viera… yea I just it… He has that really good evasive touch that can take him past players with easy while covering great distances. He is still a project in the making and with him and the rest of the team being healthy he can contribute mire. Honnestly I’d rather keep him that buy say Steward Downing for 20million pounds… One thing that I hate about football is that a player has one good year and his cost is inflated and considered a world beater.. which is stupid… Buying players won’t garentee a title guys please.. look at Sp*rs for example they spend, they spend and they spend, but with the amount they spend they should be winning more games than us. And i am really not convinced that Manchester City will do good this year. They do not have team any team Unity. Yes they won the FA cup but that aint shit. If winning in football was based on money spent they should be beating anyone they play like 5-0……. Real life football is not Football manager or Fifa lol

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  75. WENGER MUST GO!!!!

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  76. They must be fucking mad.

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  77. In light of news today that he has had yet more surgery on his ankle its a pity that we didn’t sell him!!

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  78. Why? If there was a selling list back in may diaby should be among the top three of that list. Injury prone,inconsistent,erratic.
    This was too good a offer for a player like him. Wenger has lost it.

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  79. Guess who brought you all here muahahah

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  80. Hoo ha

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  81. In Arsene we trust, no?

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