Posted on Monday, 3rd September 2012 by The Goon
Song played a pivotal role for The Gunners last season, contributing a massive 14 assists and ultimately helping the club finish third in the Premier League.
However, following his departure to Barcelona last month, Song has now left a big hole in Arsenal’s midfield, a position Arsene Wenger failed to strengthen during the transfer window.
But after watching Diaby start the first three games of the new season and pull out a great performance against Liverpool yesterday at Anfield, Wenger reckons the lanky Frenchman can be Arsenal’s new Song, but only if the 26-year-old manages to stay clear of injuries.
‘If he is fit and healthy then of course he has the talent [to replace Song] that you have seen today.
‘And of course there is more to come but let’s touch wood and hope it goes well in the next two or three weeks for him.’
Now I’ll be the first to say that Diaby had a great game against Liverpool yesterday. But it was only one performance.
He has the skill, physique and ability to shine at Arsenal now that Song has left the club, but can he really fill the Cameroonian’s boots? It’s just too early to tell at this point.
He’s got through the first three games of the season unscathed and has done alright so far, but there are still 35 Premier League matches to play, plus European and cup competitions to get through as well – can he sustain the pace and stay clear of injuries? History would suggest not.
I just hope Gooners out there don’t get too excited about Abou’s performance. Although it was a great one at Anfield yesterday afternoon, the France international is not a very consistent performer, which makes me think Wenger needed to sign a midfielder in the summer transfer window.
Here’s hoping I’m wrong.
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