Search

Arsenal boss blames France for Diaby KO

00:27 03 October 2012

Abou Diaby has been ruled out for three weeks with a thigh strain. Photo credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS

Abou Diaby has been ruled out for three weeks with a thigh strain. Photo credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS

EMPICS Sport

Arsene Wenger has accused the French Football Federation of contributing to Abou Diaby’s latest injury after the midfielder was ruled out for at least three weeks.

The 26-year-old was sidelined for all but five games of last season but after returning to full fitness in the summer he had been influential in the Gunners’ early season unbeaten start.

He limped out of the game against Chelsea on Saturday after 17 minutes which the north Londoners lost – their first defeat of the campaign – and Wenger lays some of the blame for his thigh strain at the door of the French national side, claiming Diaby wasn’t ready for the stresses of international football.

“I said many times that if France wanted Diaby in Spain [for the World Cup qualifier on October 16] they should not take him for [the qualifiers against] Finland and Belarus,” he said.

“They could have taken him but not played him because the guy has been out for a year, played four or five games.

“You have a breather, give him two weeks to recover completely. I think it was a mistake to play him with the French national team.”

Wenger added: “It is as well an opportunity for somebody else to stand up and play but it is a blow, yes.

“Not only because we lost a good player but because he has qualities that the other players haven’t got.

“For example, on Saturday when he moved out Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes in, takes his position straight away and loses the ball on set-pieces. This is a ball Diaby would have won easily because he has the size.

“We have better balance size-wise and strength as well because he has the power.

“It is really frustrating because once you think you get there it (an injury) happens again.”

Arsenal will run the rule over Mikel Arteta in the morning after the Spaniard missed training with an ankle injury picked up against Chelsea, while Wojciech Szczesny (ankle) faces a further three weeks out. The game will come too soon for Jack Wilshere (ankle) and Bacary Sagna (broken leg) who have both made big strides towards a return.

Related articles

0 comments

Latest Hampstead & Highgate Sports News

Yesterday, 13:25

Arsenal’s latest financial results published this week show a record high of £110.5m spent on players – with a 20 per cent rise in turnover to £191.1m from £158.1m for the six months to the end of November 2016. Layth Yousif MBA studies the results so you don’t have to...

Yesterday, 07:56

The editor of long-running Arsenal fanzine The Gooner has revealed it is to close its print version.

Fri, 20:09

The first in an occasional series of Q&As with Arsenal fans. To kick it off we have Kevin Whitcher, editor of the The Gooner fanzine which been published continuously since the 1980s. Read on for his views...

Fri, 12:30

Mauricio Pochettino may have found a solution to Spurs’ previous woes at the national stadium

Fri, 10:26

Saracens’ Owen Farrell will reach a milestone for England after being selected to face Italy at Twickenham in the Six Nations – and there’s good news for another Saracens star.

Fri, 10:15

Nick Compton has agreed a deal to stay at Middlesex County Cricket Club for the next two seasons.

Fri, 09:53

Wealdstone have swooped for former Wycombe Wanderers and Bolton Wanderers left-back Ryan Sellers from Wingate & Finchley.

Thu, 23:10

Dane Eriksen disappointed with Europa League exit

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate sport

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now