Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby is closing in on a first-team return after playing his first competitive match in nearly four months yesterday.
The France international played 65 minutes of the Gunners Under-21 side’s 1-1 draw against West Brom.
Diaby has been missing for Arsenal since the 2-1 defeat to Chelsea on September 29 due to a thigh injury. But he is now ready to hand manager Arsene Wenger a significant boost after coming through yesterday’s clash unscathed.
Diaby was one of the Gunners best players before he got hurt, and without him Arsenal has lacked a bit of steel and defensive mindness in midfield. Mikel Arteta has for the most part played well in Diaby’s place, but he is not a defensive midfielder.
For all the attacking players that Arsenal have been linked with this month, have any of them been top quality defensive midfielders as I see that as the team’s biggest weakness at the moment.