Remember Luke Freeman, the young winger/striker tipped for big things when he was snapped up by Arsene Wenger a few years ago?
Well, after a loan deal with Stevenage, one which turned out to be a permanent move in January 2012, it looks like he’s going to be sold in the summer as his club will be dropping down a league next season. Stevenage Manager Graham Westley believes the club will ‘cash in’ on him and plenty of clubs are reported to be interested in signing him. I’m sure that should he be sold, a percentage of his transfer fee will be heading our way as it seems when young players are sold, we make sure we make a bit of money when they move on…..
He cost Arsenal £200,000 back in 2008, and who knows, we might recoup all of that fee and some as apparently, he’s had a pretty good season…
Enough of that…
Abou Diaby, as we all know made his come back from injury by playing 45 minutes for the reserves a few days ago.
French team-mate Bacary Sagna has been talking to the official site about the who he believes is one of the best in the world:
He’s still young, that’s what is amazing because he had so many setbacks and bad news in his life but he’s still fighting, he’s still smiling and that’s what I admire about him. He always wants to give the maximum, he always stays positive and I think that’s why he’s back today.
To me he is one of the best in the world [when he is fit]. When he’s at his best he can play as well as Patrick Vieira did and as good as many players did. He can be useful for the team and he can be decisive.
To be honest I was shocked the day he got injured [at Swansea last season] because to me he deserves to have a great career. He’s a great player with great skill and ability but he got injured a lot.
That’s life and I think he is strong enough to come back to his best and work hard, that’s what he’s done until now and I’m glad to see him back. He played with the reserves and he is training with us so I’m looking forward to him playing with us.
That’s high praise, high praise indeed!
It’s quite sad that we fans have only seen glimpses of the player and to be honest, even when he has played, I’ve hardly been overwhelmed by his performances. In fact the only thing about Diaby which stick in my mind is the own goal he scored against Manchester Utd which helped gift them a victory, Almunia was the other idiot on that day after tripping Rooney over for a penalty. We were battering Utd that day and but for those two howlers, Andrey Arshavin’s stunning goal would have been enough to register a victory at Old Trafford.
And then there was the 4-0 up, Diaby sent off and 4-4 finish against Newcastle!! What a fool he was that day!
But there was a day, September 2nd 2012 at Anfield. A day when he tore Liverpool apart…
Can Abou Diaby do a Tomas or an RvP and finally overcome his horrific run of injuries?
Can the big Frenchman really be a part of Arsenal FC for the years to come?
Or has that thug Dan Smith ensured that our midfield man, who Bacary Sagna believes that on his day can be the best in the world, is soon to part company with Arsenal….
Arsene Wenger has a big decision to make, because this time next year, his contract will be close to expiring…..
What does he do?
That’s it for another day….