Everyone knows Arsene Wenger wanted Abou Diaby to make it at Arsenal. He kept him on when others would have cut him free, and gave him every chance to get fit and play football.
Sadly the Frenchman’s injuries made the decision to release him this summer pretty much the only one the club could make, and speaking to the official site, the manager spoke of his dismay at how things worked out for the former Auxerre man.
“It’s one of the saddest moments for us at Arsenal not to have had the opportunity to get the best out of Abou Diaby because of injury,” he said.
“I’m very sad because this boy is a massive and a huge talent. It’s sad as well because he didn’t deserve what he got.”
For some the fact Diaby was at a top club picking up wages was enough to not feel any sympathy for his plight, but Wenger spoke of how concerted his efforts were to play football.
“He’s a serious player,” he continued. “He was always at home every night, prepared well every day and was not rewarded. I hope he will be rewarded somewhere else in the final years of his career.
“He was the closest to Patrick Vieira we have seen here, with even a good offensive potential. In France, he’s regarded highly because every time he played in the French national team he made a difference.”
Hopefully someone will take a punt on his talent, and he can get a few years under his belt before he’s forced to retire.
Arsenal have, reportedly, left it open for him to use the training facilities in order to stay fit and, with any luck, find a new club. A nice touch.