Diaby ‘Is A Complete Midfielder’ – Deschamps
France manger Didier Deschamps called Abou Diaby the ‘complete midfielder’ after the Arsenal man scored his country’s only goal in a 1-0 win over Finland on Friday in their opening World Cup qualifying game.
The marauding 26-year-old Gunner had last played for France in the 2010/11 season and had been absent on international level since then due to his injury problems. But his improved fitness and performances for Arsenal forced Deschamps to put him straight in the starting line-up against Finland and he didn’t disappoint by successfully converting Karim Benzema’s through ball.
After the match, the French boss lavished Diaby with praises and told L’Equipe: “He is a boy with a lot of qualities, but I knew that. He is a complete midfielder. It was a good return, I was pleased. I hope this will be the real return.”
Diaby’s central midfielder partner Rio Antonio Mavuba was equally generous in his evaluation as he described the former Auxerre man as “indispensable for the France squad” before adding: “He has again proved his qualities and that he can dictate the tempo. I hope he carries on like that.”
Bendtner Will Be Back At Arsenal, Says Wenger
Arsene Wenger has said that striker Nicklas Bendtner is still in his long-term plans and has been loaned to Juventus only so that he could continue his footballing development.
While many Arsenal fans believe that they have seen the last of Bendtner at Emirates Stadium, Wenger’s recent words suggest otherwise.
Speaking to Italian newspaper Tuttosport’s representatives, the Arsenal manager said: “It is not for nothing that I loaned him to Juventus. He is a talented player. There he will grow and then return to my team. I am convinced that at a team like Juventus, in a very difficult league, especially for strikers, he can make the final leap in quality.
“Don’t forget, he is a boy of 24 years. The right age to prove who he is. The talent is not missing; otherwise I would not have bought him from Copenhagen when he was just 16 years old. We believe in him and that is why we only gave him to Juventus on loan. We have not sold him, only loaned him, and next year we will bring him home. I think he can resolve his problems with us and prove himself.”
Diaby Determined to Succeed at Arsenal
Abou Diaby has said that he is desperate for success at Arsenal and is working extremely hard to make up for the time that he has lost due to injuries in recent seasons.
The Frenchman arrived at Arsenal more than six years ago as a highly-rated 20-year-old but has so far played only 115 senior matches for the club. However, he has featured in all of the three opening league matches of the new season and he says that in order to eradicate his demons of the past, he is working harder than ever.
In an interview with Le Parisien, Diaby said: “I had some very difficult moments, some days when I was depressed when it was tough, but even then, I always kept faith. I always told myself that some people were in a worse position than me. I am 26 and I am aware that I am at a key moment in my career, that is why it was so important that I came back this season.
“Now, I am careful about every detail, I leave nothing to chance. I am much more mature. I also had a full pre-season for the first time in ages. It is such an important season for me that I am working harder than ever to succeed. I want to prove to myself that I can go higher. I am getting to an age and to a time in my career where I need to show what I can do on the pitch in the long term.”
Aneke Joins Crewe on Loan
Arsenal have confirmed that young midfielder Chuks Aneke has joined Crewe Alexandra on a one-month youth loan deal.
Aneke, 19, has previously enjoyed successful loan spells at Stevenage and Preston, and this will be the third such move to a lower league club.
A statement was published on Arsenl.com which read: “Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes Chuks well for his time at the Alexandra Stadium with Steve Davis’ newly-promoted team.”
RVP Feels Special for Playing Under Both Wenger and Ferguson
Robin van Persie says that he feels special to have played under two of the greatest club managers of the English game.
The Holland striker, who was coached by Arsene Wenger while at Arsenal and now plays under Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United, told OnsOranje: “I have had special coaches all in their own way. [Bert] van Marwijk, Wenger, [Marco] van Basten, Ferguson. Piece by piece they are special.
“I think I have been [one of] the only players ever who has worked under Wenger and Ferguson. That’s special.”