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Arsenal Transfer News: Abou Diaby Holds Key for Gunners This Season

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 20: Abou Diaby of Arsenal battles for the ball with Tom Huddlestone of Spurs during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at White Hart Lane on April 20, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Dan TalintyreSenior Analyst IIJuly 23, 2012

Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby could well hold the key for the Gunners next season.

At least, that's the case according to manager Arsene Wenger.

The Gunners boss recently stated that the club would not be pursuing Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila over the summer transfer window. The Frenchman believes that his side have more than enough talent in midfield for the upcoming season.

When asked whether or not the team would be continuing their pursuit of M'Vila, Wenger singled out Diaby (via

"No [we will not chase M'Vila]. We wait for Diaby and [Jack] Wilshire. When he is fit, Diaby is the first name on the French team sheet."

The manager's confidence in Diaby is no doubt encouraging for the midfielder, but it does place an incredibly high amount of pressure on the French international ahead of the upcoming English Premier League season.

Diaby must turn out to be better than M'Vila this season for the Gunners, given that they have ended their chase in the midfielder because they believe that Diaby is just as good as the transfer target.

Given Diaby's history of injuries and inability to therefore demonstrate his full potential and ability for the London club, this is a very interesting move by Wenger.

The upcoming season will reveal just how strong Diaby is.

That is, if he remains healthy.


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