Arsene Wenger has laid the blame for Abou Diaby’s latest injury at the feet of the French FA.
Because of the midfielder’s fragile physique the Arsenal boss believes it was a mistake for France to call up Diaby for last month’s internationals after he’d been out of the game for so long.
Quoted in the Mirror, Wenger said, “I said many times that if France wanted Diaby for their game in Spain, they should not take him for Finland and Russia.
“They could have taken him but not played him, because the guy has been out for a year.
“It is really frustrating, because once you think you get there it happens again. I think it was a mistake to play him with the French national team.”
Of course it raises questions about Diaby’s durability, or lack of it, but after just five games into a new season after a year out it did seem a touch optimistic, or inconsiderate, of Didier Deschamps to play him for the national side.
Wenger also bemoaned the lack of height in his midfield without Diaby, suggesting Chelsea’s first goal wouldn’t have happened if he’d stayed on.
“It is a blow, yes. Not only because we lost a good player, but because he has qualities that the other players haven’t to got.
“For example, on Saturday when he moved out Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes in, takes his position straight away and lose the ball on set-pieces. This is a ball Diaby would have won easily, because he has the size.”
Again, that raises all manner of questions about our defensive organisation but clearly the boss, not for the first time, is at loggerheads with the French FA over the use of his players.
The answer, as Arseblog News sees it, is to only sign players from the newly formed state of Independiencia who don’t have a national football team because they’re using all their money to send a banjo shaped rocket to the moon.