Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Diaby ruled out for the rest of 2013

Diaby ruled out for the rest of 2013

Poor Abou Diaby.

Arsenal have confirmed that our French midfielder tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during today’s training session and will be out of action for much of the rest of the year.

A statement on Arsenal.com reads:

“Following consultations with specialists, Abou will undergo surgery to repair the injury in the near future. Abou is expected to be out for around eight to nine months.

“The thoughts and best wishes from everyone at Arsenal are with Abou, and we all wish him a successful recovery.”

Nobody deserves his luck. It’s very sad news indeed.

Arseblog News wishes Abou the best of luck with his recovery.

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  1. Redcurrant Wonder

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    • Stay classy.

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    • It’s not often you can feel sorry for professional footballers. Been said before but he’s a nice guy who doesn’t act at all like 90% of the rest of ‘em. Really sad day for him. Must be awful. Would personally be happy if he stays at the club in another role.

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      • Hidden due to low comment rating. Click here to see.

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        • By breaking Eduardo’s leg?

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        • That was Eduardo.

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        • Wasn’t it Dan Smith? I believe Martin Taylor was the cunt who broke Eduardo. And Shawcross was the troll-cunt who got Ramsey. I say “got” because it was pretty much grievous bodily harm.
          Cunts, the lot of them.

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        • http://i.imgur.com/hbfeRF6.png

          It was Dan Smith the cunt.

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        • You can talk about Dan Smith all you like, but Dan Smith is not the one responsible for Diaby’s genetically poor muscular recovery (this is something Wenger talked about recently).

          Rather than going on and on about Dan Smith, I think it’s more accurate to just admit that Diaby’s body is not up to the rigors of a professional football career.

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        • From the number of thumbs down to my comment, can I assume you think Wenger is a complete liar regarding Diaby’s physical problems? Or is it just like everything else on this website: If you cheer lead, or toe the line, you win approval?

          Cheers.

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        • @Bunburyist:

          No, you don’t simply blame something that isn’t the pure fault. First, it was that SunderCunt’s fault for the unnecessary challenge.

          Secondly, his muscles are fucked due to the slight deformation he gained from the injury, causing all sort of other issues.

          m.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/sep/22/abou-diaby-arsenal-manchester-city

          Do some further reading rather than making blind allegations.

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      • No not for me. The bloke doesnt get the arsenal. Younes Kaboul gave him a spurs shirt and he wore it round his house (that we bought him) for fun. He doesnt understand the club so why would you want him hanging around.

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      • Good to see all the thumbs are up on this one. Shouldn’t happen to such a decent bloke

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      • Parisian Weetabix

        When I read the news first I almost wanted to cry. He seems so nice and humble, and while no-one deserves his problems, he deserves them even less. He seemed to be getting back to his best, he was talking about how much he loved Arsenal, and how he wanted to repay the club, and then this.

        It’s tragic, it really is. Because this is surely the end of his Arsenal career, if not his footballing career. It’s one of those rare moments where I’d always overlook the problems it causes the club, because however this feels for the fans must be far worse for Abou. He has my sincere condolences.

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      • How about applause at two minutes for Diaby at the Reading game tomorrow?

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      • This has honestly ruined my week.

        Really upset about this news.

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    • That’s just a bit too flippant mate. Especially when you consider what the guy has been through.

      I really really feel for the guy. You can see the talent he has. It is just one bit of bad news after the next – he must be really fucking shattered by this news.

      Get well soon Abou.

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      • Ben Arfa's older brother

        Why do people keep commenting on what a great guy he is? No one here knows him. Was he a nice a guy when he started bullying Ben Arfa who was a year younger and half his size.

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    • Redcurrant Wonder

      Apologies for the poor taste guys. Didn’t really think that one through. Of course its tremendously sad news for him, just as he was having a 1st team impact again. Maybe the solution is a pay per play contract renewal when the time comes. Perhaps a steady recovery programme for the ACL damage might rest and then help build up the muscles that have contributed to his other strains and niggles. Let’s hope so.

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      • Nice post Redcurrant, good save.

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        • Dan Smith has made 34 senior appearances since then and now plays for Semi Pro side Darlington 1883. Says it all really

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        • Good save from what? The hysteric and self-righteous masses? Give me a break. It’s incredible that such an innocuous comment would receive countless thumbs down, and that someone like you would congratulate yourself on validating his (completely unwarranted) apology. Get over yourself.

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        • I thought my comment was more tongue-in-cheek than high-and-mighty but if you need something to get angry about please be my guest. (Political correctness gone mad!! etc etc)

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    • I saw almost 200 thumbs down for Redcurrant Wonder’s (hidden) comment, and I thought, “wow, he must have said something really heinous…”

      Then I looked at his comment…

      Are you people for real? I’m pretty sure Arseblog / Arseblog News has used a similar phrase to imply Diaby’s injury problems (“Diaby is Diaby” or “Diaby’s been Diabyed” or some such), and not a peep from the masses, but now that Redcurrant uses it, he’s a social pariah.

      It’s interesting how internet forums police themselves, largely by folks following the herd.

      There is absolutely nothing wrong with Redcurrant’s comment.

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      • Exactly. It seems approval is only afforded to those who use naughty big bad words such as cunt to describe anybody who isn’t an Arsenal player.

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      • Totally agree, anything remotely negative on this site even if its based on fact or truth will get slaughtered. We will persevere with diaby no doubt next season waiting for him to recover whilst not buying an adequate replacement yet again.
        I have never known such apathy amongst the many arsenal fans I know,things just never seem to change at the arsenal and we repeat the same mistakes over and over again.

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        • There is a time and place to say everything. I am probably the biggest Diaby hater here but criticizing him at this moment is not really called for.

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  2. Ruled out permanently? it must be getting close to that reality sadly.

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    • diaby (not the real one)

      No don’t be silly. He and Rosicky have a tag team thing going on to share time on the sidelines. When one is fit the other is banjaxed! Also on a lighter note, due to circumstances and his hair, this is the time of year when aforementioned Tomas gets busy and inspires us to crush sp*rs hopes and dreams

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  3. wtf happened to the ubiquitous 3-4 weeks?… jeez. Diaby has no luck in regards to injury, no one deserves this kind of luck regarding injury.

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    • The phrase, ” 3 weeks,” will strike me with fear every time it is used in regards to any Arsenal players.

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  4. Oh man. His mum must have walked under every ladder and on every crack in every pavement when she carried him.

    What could have been, Abou… I am stabbing my Dan Smith voodoo doll in the face when I get home.

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  5. Poor bugger. When does his contract end?

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      • 2015? On what weekly wage?

        I appreciate all the sympathy for Diaby here, but let’s not be disingenuous about how frustrating this is from a fan’s point of view. Diaby has been a burden on the club’s wages for years now, and I’m extremely disappointed that we’ll be paying him to do absolutely nothing for another two years.

        I wish Diaby all the best in his recovery, and I hope that he finds a decent career after he leaves the club a very wealth young man. But in the meantime where does that leave us? Why can’t we ask that question without being shouted down?

        Diaby’s is a hefty wage bill that is preventing us–and HAS prevented us for years–from buying a quality midfield enforcer who can actually contribute meaningfully to the club. Sympathy is a wonderful thing from a moral point of view, but it’s also been a bit of a bugbear for Arsenal and Wenger, whose determination to sympathize with his developing players and LANS are part of the reason we lag behind more ruthless clubs.

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        • I’m sure there’s medical insurance for situations like this?
          Can anyone shed any light?!?

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        • RE: insurance – Only if the player is injured on international duty or is forced to retire.

          I’ve never heard of a club insuring a player against injury. It would only be another drain on resources at the end of the day as the insurance company would want to make a profit.

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        • I understand your frustrations but you can’t blame anyone for having an injury. I think trying to find form both mentally and physically from having the injury record he has is bound to be a very difficult thing and he has shown that it is.

          Of all the broken bones from injuries we have had Diaby’s has been the most tragic of them all as he has been interrupted by that disgusting challenge ever since he has had it. Now I understand why Wenger was so livid when it happened to him as I guess foresaw this future for him as a result. (I think it is worth noting how close Diabys, Eduardos and Ramseys injuries are to one another and, for me, is certainly no coincidence).

          Regarding his wage, I have no problem with him picking up a wage whilst trying to get fit even more so considering players like Arshavin and Chamakh who have clean health seemingly don’t care to break a sweat and pick a far greater wage than Diaby. I say this as I feel he genuinely wants to be here and pay us back, I’m sure if he could give up all of his wages to play without injury he would. The sad thing is, is that not many will expect him to be back to his best and he has to fight that as well as get fit.

          I hope that this does not kill him in the sense that he loses all hope, If Diaby can get fit and put in the performances he was beginning to at the beginning of this season I know nearly every Arsenal fan will be happy with that sight.

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        • American sports teams routinely insure their star players’ big contracts against catastrophic, career-ending injury. Not sure if the practice has been adopted in football.

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        • You say you don’t have a problem with Diaby picking up a wage, but then I’m sure you’re also frustrated when we drop points each season because we lack a midfielder of Diaby’s stature. Diaby’s contract is precisely why we don’t buy someone like Capoue, M’Vila, etc. I’m not saying we buy those players, and no doubt each person has their own favorite for that position; rather, I’m saying that we need a player who can protect someone like Wilshere (who is currently taking a lot of physical abuse in midfield), and Diaby may be the reason we haven’t bought. Certainly, Wenger reiterates “don’t forget we have Diaby coming back” in every transfer window, as an excuse not to buy.

          Nobody here is angry at Diaby. Nobody blames him for his injuries. But we’re a sports team that must keep success as the ultimate goal. Whatever is preventing success should ideally be removed (and yes, I understand that applies to lots of other issues at the club, but I point it out here because it seems some posters find it offensive the frustration others might feel about a player who cannot perform the duties he’s been hired to do).

          I don’t think it’s at all mean-spirited to be frustrated.

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        • PS: I think the frustration is that we awarded him a new contract in 2010 (?) knowing full well he was a chronic physical liability. (Can you imagine another top European club doing such a thing?) Had this never happened, and Diaby was out of contract this year, I think 90% of us would have said, “sorry it didn’t work out, but I’m glad he’s freed up a wage bill.” But now we have to somehow justify or approve of him picking up 60K a week for another two years just because we feel sorry for him?

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        • It’s not Diaby’s fault, or his wage bill’s fault, that we don’t sign the defensive midfielder that we need.
          If Arsene really wanted such a player, he would sign one. Any other manager with his resources would sign a DM anyway. Arsene is the only manager who will so blatantly ignore a obvious need in the team, because he doesn’t want to “kill” the up and coming players in the squad who he wants to inherit the role, of which Diaby is perennially one.

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      • How? We’re the ones who offered him a new contract with full awareness of his injury problems, and it’s not as if Diaby doesn’t WANT to play.

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  6. Oli Wilson-Gooner

    Poor Abou… I fear this is the end for him at Arsenal, such a shame, so much talent, nobody could deserve it less :(

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  7. This is such a shame. No one deserves the injuries this guy has had.

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  8. To ignore how much that sucks for him for a moment but… that’s got to be it right?

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    • You cold see him making an announcement fairly shortly. Likely to be it for him as a player, perhaps coaching beckons…

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      • Love diaby when he,s fit but I think its time 4 old folks home put those gamy legs up and relax 4 the rest of your days

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  9. Have always maintained faith in Diaby against all the doubters but that has to be it. So unfortunate as love the guy but there’s no coming back from this.

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  10. hawaiigooner/dseli

    So this surely means we offload him in the summer, right?
    I love Diaby but we need a man in the team that can compete and actually do something for the team.

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    • I reckon anyone would have to be insane or a saint to sign him.

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    • Er, offload him to who?

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      • The guy just needs to play in a less physical league. I think some clubs out there would take a risk on him, seeing as how he can be so damn good on his day.

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        • If by “less physical” you mean less rough, then I don’t think that’s the answer. Wenger said a while back that Diaby’s problem is less to do with taking knocks, and more to do with muscle recovery. He simply cannot play week in and week out, and I can’t think of a single club in the world who’d want to invest in such a player.

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    • Why you’re getting red thumbs downs I have no idea.

      He is a great guy, and an Arsenal man, but we really need to move him out the squad in place of someone who can stay healthy for a season. We can’t rely on him, so we can’t have him in the squad. It sucks but this is the way football works.

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    • His injury will last through all summer. No club in the world would purchase an injured player with an ACL especially one with such an injury record as Diaby’s. Earliest time for him to be sold would be January but doubt Wenger will be for selling him but to show faith in him by keeping him, should Diaby decide to continue playing football at this level.

      That said, I’m genuinely heartbroken for the lad. My jaw dropped to the floor when I first read the tweet from Arsenal.com. Despite what many thought about his ability and potential, I have always maintained (and still do) my belief in him that he had enough mojo in his bag to be a regular Gunner.

      I wish you the best and safest recoveries, Abou Diaby, and still have faith that you will overcome this one as well should you not decide to give up on top flight football.

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  11. Sadly, the end now for Abou at Arsenal, surely? Dumb luck, the guy has been cursed with injury, had so much potential.

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  12. …and van persie walks free. Life is not fair

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  13. Surely he will be seriously considering retirement?

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    • It must be destroying him at the thought of considering it but you know it is looming over him.

      Then again if the surgery is to eliminate a problem rather than be another repair job then it might not be as bad as it looks. Hopefully the 9 months is an exaggerated time-frame to give him the best possible recovery, especially if it is the first time he has done his ligaments in.

      We all thought Van Persie would never recover and also Rosciky ( thought still not confirmed on his fitness) and to a lesser extent Jack and TV5 so we do have examples of long term injuries.

      At any other club he would have been tossed out ages ago so I’m glad we have stuck with him.

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      • The problem is that once you do an ACL in football, not only it is a grueling 9 months or so to recover, but the chances of snapping the other dramatically increase (see Pires, Frimpong, etc.). If I were Diaby, I would say enough is enough, I just would want to be able to walk when I’m older. But then again I’m not a top class athlete, so maybe he’ll decide to push on like that bloke in the Monty Python and the Holy Grail movie?

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    • The club should offer him what is known as a ‘Compromise deal'; freeing itself of its contractual obligation to the player, whilst giving him a one-off lump sum payment on the proviso that he hangs his boots up. Best deal all round.

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  14. At least this one isn’t guaranteed the “2 to 3 weeks” twilight zone treatment.

    I really wish him the best, a terrible injury to have from personal experience, luckily for me I’m not a pro footballer.

    I hope his mental strength stays switched on.

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  15. Arteta perfect hair

    Such a shame as he has worked so hard to come back time and time again, enough is enough surely?

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    • This is exactly how I feel. The poor guy went through so much extra effort to try and strengthen himself anyway he could. I almost feel like shedding a tear for him.

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  16. Ah thats terrible news!! The poor guy is fucking riddled with injuries!!!!!!!!!

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  17. Anyone remember what that dude who prompted 7amkickoff to post the ‘Diaby at Swansea : by the numbers’ said? I say we find him, and torture his ass to death.

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  18. Such bad luck for a genuinely talented player, you never hear him complain about injuries and bad luck he just gets his head down and tries to get fit again. Sadly, although he is one of my favourite players, his time for me is up, we can’t afford to carry a space in the squad for someone who can only play a quarter of a season

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    • It has always felt like he was in some ways a “foundation” player of this team. That is, when he’s available he plays, but because of injuries he’s not actually been available that often. I wonder if that’s had an affect on the actual team as well.

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      • Good point, Wenger did point out his value to the balance and effectiveness of the team when he plays due to his style of play and you only stick with something if you know, feel or hope it will be amazing for you.

        Although I haven’t read any comments saying Wenger is being sympathetic I would like to say that I don’t think he is at all. After all if he was Eduardo would have stayed with us until the end of his contract even though he too was a great guy, so the fact Wenger still keeps trying to get him fit must say a lot about Diaby and what he should/could bring to the team.

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    • Tenacious Defence

      I agree, Bumfluff. As sympathetic as I have been for him (having suffered a multi-fracture and dislocation myself), the club know he’s going to be out for probably half of next season, guaranteed, and who knows how much longer with associated setbacks.

      Let him do his rehab, but give him all of next season, and in the meantime we MUST fill his place in the squad with quality cover. We can’t afford to carry him any longer.

      If Diaby’s fit and ready for 2014/2015 then we can consider fitting him in again.

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  19. Poliver Girolski

    Wow what a blow, I really thought this year was a turning point for him in regards to overcoming his injury problems.

    I guess on the plus side, this leaves to door wide open for Coq to come in and hopefully cement his position within the squad.

    Best wishes go out to Abou, hopefully we will see him back at some point whether like those above said as a coach or player.

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  20. Sad story with this boy – great talent but spoiled career because of all the injuries :( .. Very underrated by many Arsenal fans. Wishing you the best of luck Abou Diaby!

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  21. He knocked out John Terry! Diaby!

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  22. Unlucky, seriously unlucky. Was glad Wenger stuck by him as long as he did, showed an enormous amount of faith that no other club would have done. It’s frustrating it hasn’t paid off, but that’s no-ones fault.

    It’s shitty, but I’m afraid that that’s his career gone, certainly at top-level football. Wish you well, Abou.

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  23. Diaby has the spirit of a lion but a body of bones as brittle as aldi drinking glasses. Let it be said that he chose us over chelski and he never gave up on the gunners! The most loyal of players…
    All the Best Abou the Gunner

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  24. opened this story hoping it was some kind of inappropriate joke

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  25. That is the worst possible luck. Poor guy must be gutted

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  26. Ugh… awful. Really just awful.

    On the flip side, what kind of Bataan Death Marches are Arsenal training sessions? I swear we have 3x more injuries than the next-worse-off club over the past 4-5 years.

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  27. It all stems from that horrendous tackle from Dan Smith. Feel so bad for Abou, it’s the most unjustified rotten spell of luck. Personal highlight for this season was his ridiculously bossy performance away at Liverpool. Showed exactly what he can do that day, so unfair we might never see it again.

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  28. He’s 26yo. All this ‘career is over’ stuff is a bit premature me thinks.

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    • I hope so, I really do.

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    • I’m afraid not, mate. His career is over, at least, his Arsenal career.

      Doing in your cruciate at this age, means he’ll be out for 8-9 months at least… followed by about a year of rehab. You can’t just get your fitness and ability back straight after snapping your knee in half. By the time he’ll be back in contention, he’ll be about 29, and with the fear of getting another injury, and his time out, I’d be absolutely astounded if we ever saw him play for the first team again.

      Not his fault, no-one’s to blame, but there’s no coming back from this, not after all the injuries he’s had. I think he may play again, but not at top-level.

      Incidentally, doing in your cruciate is bloody painful, wouldn’t wish that on anybody, barring maybe ryan “fuckface” shawcross. You know that feeling when you’re chewing toffee, and you can feel the toffee tearing in your mouth? Imagine that feeling, but in your knee.

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      • I’m a huge Diaby fan and I was gutted by this news. I do hope he comes back stronger and better. regarding your post, I hope Diaby proves you wrong mate and he draws inspiration from Adrian Peterson, MVP running back for the Minnesota Vikings. Peterson suffered a torn ACL and MCL on Deceimber 26th, 2011. After surgury and rehabilition, 8 months later he returned at the start of the football season in September 2012 and finished the 2012 season as the NFL’s MVP! Also he was about 20 yards short of breaking the NLF record set in 1984 for most yards rushing in a single season. The point is, as Peterson demostrated, with advances in surgury and rehabilitation and determination, Diaby can come back stronger and better. He will be ready by January when he is 27, still plenty of time for a productive career witrh the Gunners.

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        • Well, doping is (almost) legal in the NFL, and i’m afraid thats why the likes of peterson, Ray Lewis and, RGIII can ctome back healthy in a timespan of 2-3 weeks ;) Hope Diaby will come back, atleast just to smack John Terry one last time!

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  29. Still gonna believe. Even if he gets to play in bits and pieces, though he doesn’t deserve it one bit, not for what he’s capable of bringing to the pitch. If Van Persie could, so can Abou. I doubt anyone can fathom what he’s going through right now, but even though its asking a lot, I hope he believes that it’ll be over one day and he’ll be able to play freely.
    One day. It will come. Godspeed Abou.

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  30. Maybe he needs a big injury to cancel out the original…

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  31. Gotta feel for the guy. Must be heartbreaking for him. Well, hope he’s gonna stay fit in 2014.

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  32. Gutted. He’s such a good kid and a quality player. Yeah he’s not been there for us lately due to injuries but no one deserves this. Literally was dumbfounded to see this headline, literally yelled “you’ve got to be fucking kidding me”. Alas, we’ll see how the situation is 6 or 7 months down the line, but I’m not too optimistic of a real return to Arsenal, not with the summer window between us and then :( Good luck Abou, speedy recovery.

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  33. let’s hope he makes it back from this. A really talented player who has had a career ruined by injury. He’s still only 26…i hope wenger persuades him to keep going.

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  34. So he should be back during the Jan transfer window next year? It will be just like a new si…… oh fuck it. I can’t.

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  35. When fit he is a terrific player. I have every sympathy with him, and he sounds like a great guy.

    But we have to sell him in the summer. We can’t go on relying on a player who cannot stay healthy no matter what. It’s not the way to build a title-challenging squad.

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    • Right and who’s going to buy an injured player? Who has a long history of being injured?

      And also more importantly, is this the appropriate time to be talking about this? I think not.

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      • The fact that the poor guy has had yet another long term injury is the entire reason we need to replace him. Sentimentality has no place in football.

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        • Replace him certainly, but no team, not even Liverpool, would be stupid enough to buy a poor chap who’s suffering from severe and chronic ligament damage. We won’t sell him because we can’t.

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  36. Real shame. With no injuries I’m pretty sure he’d have been the next Patrick Viera. Horse Placenta time? Atleast it isn’t another thigh strain.

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  37. It’s sad that such a talented player will have most of his career destroyed by injuries. Truth is, the club doesn’t benefit from keeping him under the wings any longer and its probobly time for Arsene to give up on him.

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  38. I for one,will never forget that performance at Anfield. He was unplayable,couldn’t get the ball away from him. Unfortunately this has to now be the end.
    He should get into coaching because the guy knew how to play the game the right way

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  39. Can’t this man catch a freaking break?!? He has played more games this season than the pervious two season combined and has has shown flashes of brilliance; I thought perhaps finally the injury issue is at last behind him, much like Van Persie and now he suffered the worst kind of injury, a torn ACL!!!
    He is my favorite player and I was pulling for him to do well this season, now with a torn ACL, I want Diaby to prove me wrong but this just might be that last straw that broke the camel’s back in regards to his playing career.

    Abou, keep the faith and come back stronger and better. You are still young and I still believe in you!!

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  40. Real shame for him personally.

    Genuinely hope that this removes any excuse not to provide a central midfield “replacement” for him. Would rather he was fully fit – from what he’s shown he has massive ability and a decent attitude.

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  41. Dear lord! I have supportedly Diaby 100% for so long now and have been so proud to make strides this year in getting back into the first team but i think we have to now finally cut ties with him at the end of his contract, or at least change it to a pay as you play deal as he is just too injury prone to be relied upon and im assuming a heavy drain in wages considering his limited playing time.

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  42. Fucking Dan Smith!

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  43. I feel really bad for the guy I really do but there has to be a point where enough is enough, its not fair on the fans to fork out 60£+ per game and have someone like this who is perennially injured taking up space in the squad and taking home what 50k a week? the money could be better spent elsewhere. We have already gave him so much time but it seems he will never recover from the injury caused by Dan Smith at Sunderland.

    I like the idea we could find a place for him at the club away from the first team as some have suggested but at his age what could he actually offer us?

    It really sucks for him and the fans as at times you could see him maybe becoming the next viera but this has to be the end of his playing days at arsenal in my opinion he has missed out on too much football and his development has suffered dramatically.

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    • Ok, so what’s the plan Adam? Persuade him that DLA’s preferable to his wages? Flog him to medical science?

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  44. Agh. More bad luck for him. He needs to do the right thing here, though. He needs to walk away (no pun intended) from the team, and take the financial burden of his contract away. Did he not, at one time, say he needed to repay Wenger & the team for their faith in him? Well, this would be the only way he can repay that trust now. Do the right thing Abou.

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  45. Dan! Dan! Dan! ......Dan! .........Dan!!

    Time to retire….sorry.

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  46. Jeez poor guy. Surely this is the end of his playing career. Maybe time to make an early step into coaching?

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  47. I fucking feel sorry for him. He is one of my favorite players s well because of what he is basically capable of doing on the pitch and i honestly believe he will be back even though he will not be like his real self. And i hope he comes back in an Arsenal shirt.

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  48. Fuck. I’ll say it again. TWENTY SIX YEARS OLD.

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  49. Well, that’s the end of his career then. I hope Arsene realizes that too now and stops saying that he is a vital player to us. Such a shame. Fucking Dan Smith.
    I feel really sorry for Diaby.

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  50. Have to echo what others have said. Realistically this seems the end of his Arsenal career.

    Let Diaby see out his contract and if he’s fit with a year remaining, let him go out on loan to Ligue 1 and help rebuild his career.

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  51. Midfield Corporal

    I hope every time Abou is injured Dan Smith feel overwhelming shame. It was the most pointless cowardly foul I’ve seen. Let not forgetit meant he missed the CL final because of it. 3-0 up and ten minutes to go….what were you thinking Dan Smith?

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  52. SickOfThisPuffyCoat

    A bunch of cunts who are calling themselves “Arsenal fans” are currently saying that Abou should leave the club, saying that he’s overpaid considering the amount of minutes he has played, like he’s some sort of fat fuck who won’t leave his couch. This guy is a hard worker, if it weren’t for his coral-made legs he would be a world-class player. I truly feel for the guy, and goddamnit ESPNSoccernet is the place where every plastic fan goes to insult professionnal footballer, trying to forget about their own shitty life. I hope Diaby stays at the club, even though probably won’t play much.

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  53. I’m a Crystal Palace fan and have a mum who is an Arsenal fan.Saw him in a pre-season game at Selhurst Park 4 years ago and was quality.However, injuries have sadly hampered his career.Would love to have him on loan (when fit) and rebuild his career

    Btw Arsenal did try to sue Dan Smith for his challenge on diaby……………

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  54. Goodnight Vienna – shame.

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  55. Very sad indeed. I don’t know if this will spell retirement for him, but will definitely wish him well soon.

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  56. Per's Nimble Footwork

    Such a shame that a talented football player’s career is blighted by injuries. Even more a shame that we cannot rack up enough clips for a DVD showing how he has bossed games on his day. True consistency in patches; but inconsistency due to injuries, not inability.

    Hopefully he can get something good out of all this. The club is big enough to move on, but my wish is that he becomes more than a statistic in the Arsenal archives.

    All the best Abou.

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  57. My sympathy has dried up for Abou. I wouldn’t wish injury on anyone, let alone anyone who wears the shirt, but we should of cut our losses years ago. Physically he had never been there and I question whether he was ever good enough. All the best

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  58. Its time to sell him… Arsenal aren’t a charity.

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    • Time to cut the chord yes, but as no one will buy him, that rules out selling him.

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  59. Wow nvr seen any footballer got any worse than diaby in term of injuries. I hope he comes back stronger mentally and hopefully physically as well. Its a serious question.. ‘what do we do with abou diaby now?’ Given the 25men squad players, should arsene release him n replace with someone else, or stick with him as he has always been and maybe sign a new contract based on pay as you play basis.

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  60. Hoogy – yeah we’ll easily get 20mil hey mate.

    All the best Abou, try keep your chin up mate. I’ve had the same issue and I’m back playing three times a week, albeit at a slightly lower standard than the English prem!

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  61. GunnerDareMacedonia

    First of all I fell gutted for the lad, he has great talent and he is the only player wh is so close to the player patrick vieira was, In the summer I expect wenger to buy proper DM because diaby will miss hole new season even if he returns in December we all know that he cant play instantly so he will miss hole new season and after the end of the 2013-2104 wenger will decide diaby’s future. we have midfield players but no defensive mid arteta will be pushed back to his position and wenger defiantly will go for a strict dm player my bet is on wanayama.

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  62. GunnerDareMacedonia

    One more thing I remember his interview at the start of the season also confirmed by wenger how much diaby loves to play football and how much he is happy that his injury nightmare are over,also in the interview he was talking about his life outside the club that he never goes out and never stays late at night always in bed 10pm rested and fresh for the new day, he was talking that he is not that type of guy ho wants to go out to party and he never drank alcohol, i was really touched by that interview and I knew that he will have small injuries here and there due to not playing constantly but I really believe that his bad injury’s are over especially now when he manage to stay fit all season with exception for several small injuries and I thought this season would be motivational for him for he next season to be fully fit and be a star of our team, he almost made it and bam, what unlucky guy I hope he comes even better and never injured again.

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  63. Sad to say it, but it’s time to buy out his contract and move on.

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  64. Finally was wondering how long he can keep up the act. *evil laugh*

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  65. People need to stop using Diabys injury as an excuse for not getting a DM, he’s not a DM and there aren’t too many Makelele’s or Essiens out there on a bargain price. Capoues Wanyamas and Strootmans aren’t guaranteed to succeed

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  66. DoubleDoubleDouble

    Sadly, this is probably the least surprising news that I’ve heard all season. It’s such a shame that his body doesn’t seem to be able to cope with any type of football, let alone the physical nature of the Premier League.

    Fingers crossed that he comes back again, but if not, he’ll always be a legend for his attempt to kick racism out of football.

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  67. If Rosicky is 31 and says due to the injuries that his football age is 29 then Diaby’s football age must be about 15…

    In seriousness though, feel really sorry for the guy. All he ever talks about in interviews and programme notes is how he wants to finally beat his problems and get out there to do what he loves, playing football. Now this, he may be out for 9 months but then with getting fit and strong again we probably won’t see him for a year.

    He must be absolutely gutted, poor bloke.
    Get well soon Abou!

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  68. For me, the Diaby farce epitomises exactly what is wrong with the club right now. Just like his boss he is a busted flush, somebody with no future who is going through the motions. I said at the start of the season that Diaby should be sold off, and, of course, I was slagged off for it. Just like everybody else here I don’t blame the player – it’s not his fault that he is chronically injury-prone. But our mad, stubborn, hard-headed manager simply refuses to acknowledge what any fool could see. So now we have two more years of paying 70k a week for nothing back on the pitch. Madness.

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  69. I really am gutted for Diaby but I feel this is the end of his Arsenal career. Realistically he is looking cat close to 10 months out, then the niggling injuries which hamper most players kick in.

    He’s never been right since the ankle break and I doubt he ever will, talented footballer who has never been fit enough to ever show how good he could have been.

    I can’t see him playing for us again, I’m not saying I don’t want to, just voicing my opinion on how things will shape up..

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  70. Terrible news again regarding a guy who looked like being our midfield powerhouse in the seasons to come. If only…
    Sadly, loyalty to Diaby is abd has been to the detriment of the club. Would love to see him come back and play for Arsenal and no- one deserves that more than him, but enough is enough. He’s been injured and out of action far too long in his time with us. And no, his contract is no barrier at all now as we have plenty of money to replace him with. Sad news but if we want to be competitive again then we cut our losses and replace him, support the guy by all means but we are a football club first and foremost, not a sympathetic sanctuary for sick notes.

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  71. That’ll be curtains, I’m afraid.

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  72. if he had insured his leg only, he would hav been the richest player ever without playing a proper match….

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  73. Having done my own ACL when I was 16, I know a little about this… The surgery goes fine, its the rehab that hurts. Granted, I was never at the professional anything level in sport, but I’ve never had the acceleration I used to have, and am hesitant to turn too sharply on my bad side whilst running.
    Diaby has a long road back, and I hope he gets there. However, I think the club should call time on his career with the arsenal.

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  74. He’ll be a LANS in 10 months time.
    Get well Diaby!

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  75. Wow, this guy cannot catch a break. If I was him, I would start looking for a another career that wasn’t going to leave me as a cripple. He should look at becoming a scout/coach or going into the agent world.

    Poor guy as, from what most of the players/staff at Arsenal say, he is one of the most talented players that we have.

    We might need to get a nutritionalist and new physio as we get way too many injuries.

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  76. Don’t get the negativity. This man once knocked out John Terry by kicking him in the face. Even if that isn’t deserving of immediate legend status, he’s an Arsenal man through and through. Good luck to him.

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  77. Yeah, it’s a shame for the guy, but can we stop talking about him as though he’s some sort of tragic Oliver Twist type figure?

    He gets around £3 million a year to very occasionally play football. No fault of his own, obviously, but it’s hardly a miserable existence.

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  78. Best wishes with your rehab Diaby. Come on you gooner.

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  79. i’m not being funny but the people who are saying that he should be put on a pay as you play deal, like how would you feel if you, for example, bent over to pick something up off the floor at work and you put your back out and had to take months off of work for it to recover, only for your work to say that they cant pay you cos your not there and that you’re getting moved on etc?

    fine the poor lad might never play again, but we still treat him right. he’s one of ours.

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  80. Unfortunately this has to spell the end of his Arsenal career. However sad it is on a human level being fit is a prerequisite for a professional footballer, the same also has to be said of Rosicky.

    The damage they have caused to Arsenal success over the past couple of years cannot be overstated in my opinion. We’ve been playing with 3 in the middle for the last few years and they represent 1/3 of our midfield options. As a result of their at best described inconsistant fitness records, we have overplayed all the other midfield option at our disposal. Jack Wilshere missed an entire season due to injuries as a result of being over played, Arteta and Cazorla’s form have both dipped and Ramsey’s progession has been halted all as a result of the managers loyalty to these 2. It’s not too much of a push to suggest all of these occurrences would have been mitigated or even avoided had Diaby and Rosicky been available more often.

    The manager really has to evaluate to who his loyalty belongs because for to long its been placed with the players and not the club and in my opinion that has to change. It’s time for him to place the club before the players, only then can we start to be competitors again.

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