25
Aug

Song's departure could rejeuvenate Abou Diaby


Written by Chris Wheatley

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What we are hearing at the moment is the typical anti-isms that always seem to come out to after a player leaves to ensure they are not missed. We, the fans, propagate this and it makes us feel better. The so-called ‘unprofessionalism’ of Alex Song is only an issue now that he has left. It did not bother us when he made 11 assists last year, and yet knowing a player with such conduct has gone does provide an abstract relief. I like knowing that, for the most part, the squad is full of hard working sportsmen.

To not sell Song would have been a danger to the squad balance since Robin van Persie was one of just four or five ‘old school’ pros at the club. He works hard, lives for his family, enjoys having responsibility. Song was not from that from that mould, nor was Adebayor, Bendtner, Pennant, or Bentley. Wenger, in selling two so very different people, has cancelled out the social impact on the squad.

What Arsenal will miss is the ability of Song to ease a man out of possession with his athleticism. At 17 he was just as big as he is now but had little stamina. Desperately unimpressive, sluggish and lacking concentration he could go down as one of Wenger’s best finds. He must have superb on the training pitch because in the early periods he showed next to nothing.

A loan at Charlton Athletic invigorated him. Suddenly we were talking about the young African spraying the ball from left to right against Manchester United. Alan Pardew, manager there at the time, said he did not want to embarrass him but he could have been wearing a United shirt that day such was his quality.

Arsenal are on the look-out for one more midfielder to fill the void left by Song – but where does his departure leave the Gunners’ tactically?

It seems that Mikel Arteta or Diaby look likely to play in the deeper position. Arteta could spray passes from the position of a quarterback, whilst Diaby’s power suits could suit the position the way Yaya Toure did at Barcelona. In fact, being the glue between defence and attack could not only reinvent Diaby but protect his joints from attritional box-to-box competition.

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19 Comments on "Song's departure could rejeuvenate Abou Diaby"


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Franny
3 years 5 months ago

Jeez… People need to forget Diabolical.

Over 160 games and 4 decent performances. All hr does is take the ball and slow things down so much that we can’t do anything anymore.

Take off the tinted specs… He is rubbish.

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James
3 years 5 months ago

Jesus, he’s been at the club donkeys years and only ever had a handful of great games. Just another example of Wenger refusing to let go of a crap player, not that anyone would buy him on his stupid wages. When are people going to wake up and stop accepting the mediocrity Wenger has been serving up for a good 5 years.

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WillyG
3 years 5 months ago

He’s in the same league as Squillaci and Denilson. It’s a crime how Wenger can let him put on the Arsenal jersey. And he’s being paid almost as high as RvP and higher than Alex Song. It’s enough to make those two ditch Arsenal.

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jordan
3 years 5 months ago

you lot are stupid. all you have to do is look at Laurent blancs comments on him. FURTHERMORE. Wenger knows what hes doing. duh

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doomers paradise
3 years 5 months ago

jordan you dont need to respond to trolls. blanc is no fool neither is wenger.

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davi
3 years 5 months ago

I saw him play for France once and he was a completely different player. He played with real urgency and basically dominated the midfield. He’s done some great things at Arsenal but I don’t think he’s ever played like that. If we could get him playing in that way we wouldn’t miss Song much, but who knows if that will happen.

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davi
3 years 5 months ago

“Arteta could spray passes from the position of a quarterback”
I don’t know where this comes from. I haven’t noticed Arteta playing many long passes. He tends hang back and keep things simple (short passes), from what I’ve seen. He’s been playing more like Busquets than Xabi Alonso.

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Oguntuase Amos
3 years 5 months ago

Some fans comment on players as if those players are not human. Diaby is only unlucky to be plagued by injuries but such was RVP before he got over it. Give Diaby another chance because injury free, he is a class act. Anyway, some fans ought to visit Psychiatrists because their comments sometimes border on insanity.

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PutFoot2ball
3 years 5 months ago

@davi

If the link doesn’t show, search “Artistry of Arteta” on youtube.

You might change your mind.

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WillyG
3 years 5 months ago

To put Diaby in the same sentence as RvP is pure stupidity. RvP was often injured, but when fit, put on a world-class show. Diaby was also often injured, but when fit, played like a donkey.

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LFS
3 years 5 months ago

@davi: not a definitive source to rate a player but I hope you can enjoy this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaPNZz8wfC0&hd=1

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LFS
3 years 5 months ago

@PutFoot2ball: ha! I was going to post that same video. It’s great and he does spray passes like the best quarterbacks do.

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Deejay
3 years 5 months ago

why do ppl think diaby is quality.. i can count in my finger his good performance. with better team he is even worse…
ramsey was recovering last yr but still think his worse was equal to diaby… we cant wait for his form once in 10 games.

Guest
3 years 5 months ago

wenger and the board must buy the replacement of song and a full right back for the club because this season we want to win as much as tropheis or we should sack wenger and the board because they want to make fool of as. over ten years you hav’nt make any impact for the clua what a shame. folish fools

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mike
3 years 5 months ago

Just wait and see,once Diaby gets one good season on board he join city or barcelona.We have being paying every week to be on sick bed he will not see we dont match his ambition.Keep your fingers cross but rembr you heard here first

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goonerbegood
3 years 5 months ago

hello fellow gooners, as i was reading through my papers this morning i read about alex song spouting rubbish on the news paper telling the world he wanted to stay at arsenal for life, that arsenal was standing him up ,blah ,blah blah, listen mate i would understand and respect a man who says he went cos he wanted to win trophy’s but blaming arsenal for you leaving is pathetic , who is the person that signed for barca you ,not wenger, or gazidis, you and rvp are selfish in greats , you guys think we are fools, wenger is… Read more »

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dada
3 years 5 months ago

hahaha…..fans!!!!! we all love our club.Good to read all the little squibbles we are having…it shows we want arsenal to succeed. Whatever wenger does, we need someone in Defensive midfield still. Would fancy tiote though. Diaby’s not cut out for that position, at least not now. gunners rule..

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dada
3 years 5 months ago

@ goonerbegood, stop the bickering…this is football and shit happens..how many players have arsenal given up on just because they could not bring in results or because they couldn’t get a shirt….plenty! At the end of the day the club wants money and trophies and so do these players..they’ve got their lives to live so deal with it. I miss rvp but wish him well, song…don’t miss him that much but wish him well…i do hope arsenal wins a trophy this season though…”EPL”..Gunners will succeed!!! Viva le gunners!!!

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Doublegooner
3 years 5 months ago

I watched Diaby closely yesterday.

He was shocking. Gave the ball away so many times, failed to track.

Another player added to the £50/60k per week waste of money list.

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