Posted on Friday, 29th April 2011 by Franklin Nwankwo
‘I dream of winning the Ballon d’Or. I hope to win it one Day. There is no shame in saying that.’
The 24-year old was tipped to be a ‘star of the future’ by many following his move from Auxerre in 2006. However, his inconsistent performances for the Gunners so far have made put him miles away from even a mere nomination for the prestigious European award.
Diaby’s move to Arsenal in January 2006 was seen as a major step for the French star, especially after claiming to have snubbed Chelsea in the process; many tipped him to excel in the shortest possible time having landed in a club who possess the incentive and ability to nurture young talents, and subsequently, transform them into world beaters.
The France international went on to make his debut that same month he signed for Arsenal, and scored his first goal three months later against Aston villa in a famous 5-0 victory. However, since joining the North London club, Diaby has struggled to settle due to the number of injuries he has sustained. He suffered a severe ankle fracture just five months after joining the club. Unfortunately, he had been on the receiving end of a ‘horrendous’ tackle from Sunderland’s Dan Smith on May 1st.
Diaby underwent three surgeries to repair the injury and was told by doctors that it could have been a possible career-ending one. Following the operation, Diaby then underwent eight months of rehabilitation, and has ever since struggled with repetitive injuries. Just when he tends to be having a good run in the first-team, his run is halted by another injury which stops his progress.
On his day, an in-form Diaby is a great player to watch. At 6’2’’ he’s got an imposing, languid and athletic body, adept in both attack and defensive positions. The Frenchman doesn’t lack the audacity, and has a superb touch; excellent ball control and a good ability to dribble past opponents.
As a result of Wenger’s experiments on him, The French midfielder has featured in different positions, from a defensive midfielder to a second striker. Abou Diaby loves moving forward even when assigned as a defensive midfielder. He possesses the ability to make amazing runs into the opponent’s area. However, his constant indecision needs improving. Wenger once said that the versatile midfielder’s eyes are ‘attracted to the opponent’s goal like a magnet.’
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