Giroud a doubt + Diaby’s Arsenal reserve return ‘went well’

Arsenal’s Abou Diaby made his long awaited return for Arsenal yesterday as he started for the u21 side against West Brom and managed to play 63 minutes and create an assist during that time.

The midfielder, who has been blighted by injury since he suffered a double fracture and dislocated ankle after a tackle by Dan Smith in 2006, just a few months after signing for the north London side, was only expected to be out for around three weeks with the thigh injury he picked up against Chelsea at the end of September however he did not return to training until this month.

Speaking after the game Terry Burton, Arsenal’s Reserves and Head Development Coach, said

I thought he did well. He was arguably the pick of the senior players that came in. I thought him and Jenkinson both applied themselves really well. Diaby came into the game and started to develop his all-round game. He got on the ball and controlled the game. He can slow the tempo down or speed it up. I thought he was very good. Hopefully he’s come through the game well.

It is not yet known if Diaby will be included in Arsenal’s squad to face Manchester City on Sunday.

Meanwhile Arsene Wenger has said that Olivier Giroud is a doubt for Arsenal’s match this weekend after the forward picked up a cut on his knee. Wenger has rated him as 50:50. Fabianski os said to be two to three weeks away from returning to full training.

Wenger said

Everyone is fit from last weekend apart from Olivier Giroud. He has not been practising because of the cut on the knee he got at Swansea. We’ll have
a final test on Saturday to see if he is involved against Man City. It is a 50:50. We’ll see.

I want to see how they [Santos and Diaby] react to the under-21 game they played in midweek. But we have so many games coming up now, it is good they are back.

He [Fabianski] is not far away [from full training] now, two or three weeks.

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Lee Hurley

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