It’s All A Question Of Attitude & Diaby’s Seems Spot On

The international break sprang into life last night with the first round of matches in this double-header. England took the attention – here at least – with an amble in Moldova with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain putting in a bright performance with sharp passing and movement, exemplified in his contribution to Defoe’s goal. England were not tested particularly so it is difficult to judge his progress for the national team and a fair few will not care either, beyond him coming home uninjured.

Theo Walcott found his inability to convince Arsène that he merits a place in the Arsenal starting line-up, has international implications. Mind you, he found in the summer that having a place in the Arsenal starting XI is no guarantee of a place in the England team whilst Oxlade-Chamberlain happens to be able to cover a number of positions across the middle, versatility helping to progress his cause. Perhaps that is food for thought for the older of the Arsenal duo, working on distribution with his left might help his desire to play centrally as well. The successful strikers in the modern game are rarely one-footed, most show that their weaker foot is not as demonstrably different from the favoured shooting boot.

Another player with contract thoughts on his mind appears to have provoked a reaction from the manager. Bacary Sagna’s negotiating stance has pricked Arsène into redefining the summer’s transfer activity. Mindful that the French defender was concerned about the lack of communication over the sale of Alex Song – maybe Bacary was in rehab when that squad conversation took place, no, no, no – Wenger was at pains to point out that Nicklas Bendtner has not been sold, simply loaned to Juventus,

He can do well in Italy. He’s a top player for me, but he’s had difficulties here. You can’t doubt the player’s value though. We believe in him and that is why we only gave him to Juventus on loan. I think he can resolve his problems with us and prove himself. We believe in him.

At one point this summer, it seemed that it was going to be easier to loan the Dane to Weightwatchers for an advertising campaign than move him on to another club. Bendtner was widely viewed as the least bad of the striking options in support of Podolski and Giroud. Arguably, he is too similar to the Frenchman to have a long-term future, presuming that Giroud finds his shooting boots; has Bendtner hidden them behind the lockers at London Colney in a last act of defiance?

The Dane’s ego is often derided but it overlooks that he does have ability, a point the manager understandably laboured. Coming through the ranks with Arturo Lupoli, Bendtner and he were great hopes of a promising future. The last I heard of the Italian he was in the depths of Serie B, which just goes to highlight how promising careers at youth level do not always materialise. That perspective underlines Bendtner’s commitment to himself and technical merits; he just has to concentrate on manifesting that consistently on the pitch.

Of course Arsène rarely criticises a player publicly and is not about to undermine a potential sale next summer by claiming that the Dane is a useless lump but a successful season may yet see the deadwood fight back. Elsewhere, Abou Diaby fired home a cracking finish for France against Finland and a few others were scattered around Europe. As of yet, no reports of injury so we’ll take that as a positive.

Diaby’s performance at Anfield is being rightly praised but it needs to be tempered with a nervousness about his injury record. Criticism of a rehabilitation coach does not invalidate the work of the Arsenal medical staff; after all, they act on the diagnosis they are given by specialists and those medical professionals are not infallible. The point is that it is easy to criticise – almost fashionable – employees of the club and presume that everyone else is right. That is not always the case.

When we are halfway through the season with Diaby performing at a consistently high level, then I think it is the time to become more confident that he is on the road to realising his massive potential. Certainly I do not believe you can question his mental attitude and it was nice for once, to read a player underlining his gratitude to the club for standing by him whilst injury has riven a career, rather than bleating about wanting the club to take a new direction and demanding a substantial pay rise. Perhaps some should take more note of Diaby.

’til Tomorrow.

91 thoughts on “It’s All A Question Of Attitude & Diaby’s Seems Spot On

  1. Well, the cynical among us will say that Diaby just needs one good season before he’s off. So let’s wait and see if he gets through this season AND stays around for the next.

    “Arsène rarely criticises a player publicly”. Should that read ‘never’? Or have I missed something?

  2. Also Santi was the only non-Barca player to score yesterday, plus he had one assist. More goals than anybody else this season!!!

    Poor Cesc.

  3. I prayed for Diaby to come back. Last time I was on here the debate was on the same Diaby but, he played for season. Every so called it pundit is surprised but, we all knew already what he can do.

    Listening to that wanker durham really wound me up and ran up my mobile bill trying to get through to him but, they only let selected so called Gooners on that show.

    Diaby, is set to light up the world. Liverpool fans shit themselves when they seen his name on the team sheet because they remember what he did to them about 3 or 4 season ago only that time he capped his boss performance with the best goal of the game after picking the ball up just outside his own box charging up field quick 1 2 bang!

    What a player. What a team we have.

  4. Nik is still on the market and Arsene who has three masters degrees in Laws of Acquisition knows the value of talking up a product that is still on the market. You cannot talk down a product that is on sale! You have to big it up even when you know it is crap!

  5. Fantastic post Francine, brilliant. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I’m talking to other bloggers about loaning them it, such is its quality.

  6. red kangaroo

    I really doubt that Diaby would do that. He’s a spiritual guy with morales unlike Nasri & RVP. What they did was wrong. Shitting on the one man who put so much belief and faith in them only for them to leave as soon as they got on their game together and got some lime light. If you treated mates this way you wouldn’t have any mates.

    Diaby, ain’t doing that.

  7. goonerton. Sincerely hope you’re right, but I’ve become a tad cynical about footballers. What they’ve said in the past just doesn’t line up with what they did later. Let’s hope the little boy in Diaby is different from the one in RvP!

  8. well of course its f…ing spot on, he’s done f all for 6 years, you couldn’t name his best 3 moments as he hasnt had that many. He’s earnt 18m in last 6 years, just boggles the mind and he’s been a pure liability and sums up why we’ve won nada in that period. Injury prone and even when he wasn’t a liability. Fine he’s had one good game, i cant imagine an arsenal player in history who owes us more. He better have 6 good years now and not threaten to leave as soon as things start going well or i’ll be tempted to smash his knee caps in.

  9. YW,

    “At one point this summer, it seemed that it was going to be easier to loan the Dane to Weightwatchers for an advertising campaign than move him on to another club.”

    🙂

  10. law of acquisition not withstanding,i think the club needs to think beyond the balance sheet and look through the trophy cabinet to the long suffering gooners who endure season after season without any trophies.At some point players will always think about personal trophies and in my view thats why they leave since Arsenal as a club is not trophy ‘hungry’.At the very least hold key players to the end of their contracts and let them go for free if they cannot be off loaded abroad but please dont sell to your main rivals coz ultimately it may prove to be bad bussinessas exemplified by manchester city and Nasri’s comment that we will always celebrate finishing third as he wins trophies.As for Diaby,if he is consistent enough this season,then rest assured he will leave,you can take that to the bank.

  11. let’s all thank our stars that Abou did not suffer any injury, and will come back to London Colney in one piece by Wednesday. It is lovely to note that one of the infamous “deadwood” of last season (I’m talking to you, JJ!!) is lighting up the football world right now.

    Abou may not become the best player in the world ( I don’t think he’ll get to that level), but he’s a f**king Arsenal player, pls respect that!!

    Yogi’s ACLF = a breath of fresh arsenal air + my morning tea!!!

    Gooner from Nigeria (long time reader, first time comment)

  12. I really despise people who say that the club is not trophy hungry. It is such a load of twaddle, I can’t even begin to express my contempt.

  13. This negotiating tangle with Theo may find some relief with a few moments of consideration on the bench as in the liverpool game. Giving way to the Ox may forge a degree of realization that otherwise might not occur for theo.

  14. I also hope Arsene signs Bac to a long term contract. He may be 29, but he has the experience of a 33 year old, the resolve of a fanatic and the athleticism of a 22 year old.

    Moreover, if we try to detach ourselves from pattern drawing, he makes some sense in his comment over the sale of Alex Song (we call him ‘Eze'[King] in these parts). The sale may seem to be a masterstroke right now, (and be it far from me to criticize Arsene destructively) but selling Song in such manner shows that it was not a totally footballing move; it is at best a reactive move that must have been sparked by some in-house intrigues. I just pray that it would not come to bite us in the ass, Fabregas style(so sorry for the poor lad. homecoming doesn’t last forever, you know)

  15. pizzy. Re ‘athleticism’ of Bac, have you seen this? The guy thinks he’s a god and maybe he is!

    Agree with you re Cesc. He knew he’d be spending time on the bench at Barca – or if he didn’t he’s a fool. Sorry for him. For the moment, though, Santi is a perfectly adequate replacement.

  16. Good afternoon ACLF.

    It’s a slow day today, especially in my head. 7 more days to proper football – maybe I’m just having withdrawal symptoms.

    Bendtner and weight watchers? Thinking of fat players reminds me of Mido – last seen with a fat arse missing a penalty against Arsenal while at West ham.

  17. red

    thanks for the pic. it’s going to be my blackberry dp for a while… but you get my drift now. if African Kratos thinks he’s a god and he works his socks off on the pitch like that, then he’s a good role model for the young ‘uns like jenks, who I rate highly.

    not a bad god to depend on, especially if he signs a new contract…

  18. Cesc would like to “avoid any misunderstandings” and feels “very happy with the club”. Oops! Doesn’t pay to speak your mind when you’re a club employee I guess.

  19. I really hope Diaby has a good season. Both Him and Arsenal need him to stay fit and consistent .. He can play a holding role and has real attacking threat with clever link up play. Confidence player.. needs the fans behind him.. potentially could thrive with the three amigos Art Jack & Santi.. bringing in our wingers and front men whom we seem to have an abundance of. wenger was right he is like a new signing.. Very easy to forget players have that kind of complete game when you hardly see them over 3 years..

    also can anyone shed some light on this someone told me that Jack was subject to a club suspension for getting caught with coke the whole prolonged injury saga was fiction to not raise questions..

    Is this total rubbish..? (sounds silly i know)

  20. pizzy. Jenks will nevah evah look as good as Bac! But he is working his socks off 🙂 Good back up for Sagna at RB.

    I know nothing about Kratos, but I think Sagna has a face like one of those West African masks. Stunning. I worry that he’s a bit vain 🙂

  21. Diaby for me is an easy case to describe. It is no secret that he is immensely talented, and this feeling is shared by his fellow players (Sagna saying last year that Diaby was the best French midfielder player, even though he couldn’t prove it). A few years ago I remember we were lucky enough to have him for a few games, and the improvement he showed was frightening- his biggest fault is holding the ball too long, but it seems a run of games speeds up his football brain. If he stays healthy, I think he could be our most important player (bit of a reach, but I rate him highly). That is the risk though- if he stays healthy. History would say no, and I get worried, but I feel with every additional game the less worried I’ll be. If he’s finally ‘balanced’ his body after his series of injuries and has strengthened himself properly, then I don’t think anyone won’t be too worried about Song.

    I got the vibe that Song was only playing for himself anyway- it’s possible he never forgot the game against Fulham. Either way, his latest comments are BS. Anyone who hires Darren Dein as their agent doesn’t want to renegotiate his contract.

  22. Wonderful post yogi:

    Great to see Diaby and cazorla scoring in international games. Until Giroud starts to score we will need all the goals we can get from the mid field and diaby is capable of scoring and he could be a huge asset to the team this season. Fingers crossed that he comes back without any strains, pulls or tears.

    Disappointed to hear that the club has not approached sagna about a new contract since he will be down to one year left at the end of this season. Perhaps arsene is waiting to see if he will recover from his injury before offering a new contract. Definitely the smart thing to do given the fact that jenks and yennaris and le coq look like any or all could be adequate replacements. Hope I am wrong, but deep down I suspect sagna will be moving on next summer. Public trophy envy by the player always seems to be the beginning of the end. He will be 30 next season and it would be a wise business move to replace him with a less expensive player like jenks. ManU really needs a good RB since Raphael hasn’t really established himself as a definite first choice so Bac will probably bring a decent transfer fee and it will help offset the fee for any incoming players.

  23. I for one doubt the Diaby would leave because of all the lads &cunts that left very few seemed geniune about their love for Arsenal and what they felt they owed not only Arsenal but the fans for and the lads he’s laying with who stuck by him through all his injuries. A proper seson from Doaby and we could win the PL no doubt in my mind.

    Giroud will find his shooting boots just as Santi, Podolski and every other striker/winger/goal scorer we have had previously even Henry.

    I think Theo will be just fine to be honest with you, those that point to a lack of goals fail to realize he was 2nd last term in that category. He has it in him and once he plays and the rubbish of all this contract is done and signed he will do magic this year feading Giroud, Podolski, and everybody else.

    Bring on Southhampton and Sagna stay FOREVER!!!!!

  24. As always YW, an excellent post. Glad to see there are no injuries as yet. Also very happy for Diaby in particular, that goal along with his last performance should have his confidence sky high.

    Last night in Kas, just spent the morning scuba diving and also managed to fit in some paragliding. Absolutely the best way to spend an Interlull!! Off to Istanbul in the morning 🙂

    COYG!!!!!

  25. Yogi Berra said its 90% mental and 20% so there you have it. Berra also said its deja vue all over again. We will see what happens with Diaby as the season marches on.

  26. Francine…yes, I like.

    can u please summarize the following in similar simplicity:

    Anderlecht Star Reveals Arsenal Snub..
    Yanga-Mbiwa: Arsenal tried to sign me, but I wanted Milan move…

    ?

  27. Good post YW.

    On his website Bobby Gee (the “Geeman”) describes himself as a “flaming Conservative”. And lists amongst his heroes, Moses and, er, Ronald Reagan. I shit you not. He also describes America under Obama as a “hellhole Marxist state”. I shit you not. Made me chuckle anyway.

    Fucking interlullzzzzz.

  28. It’s a helluva read Dups. Well it is If you enjoy ill-informed right wing rhetoric with a side order of God fearing lunacy. Still, it takes all sorts as my dad used to say 🙂

  29. “Well it is If you enjoy ill-informed right wing rhetoric with a side order of God fearing lunacy”. Lol. Who doesn’t?

    I prefer it to toast in the morning it’s so moreish.

  30. Nice one Jonny.

    As long as he’s happy (my dad used to say that a lot as well. Alas not a great fountain of wisdom my old dad) railing against imaginary “socialists” (spits) and the like. If it keeps him busy.

  31. But what if those imaginary socialists are real Harry? Remain vigilant. They walk among us and may be able to assume human form.

  32. The big RVP merchandise throw away day

    The man has obviously no respect for us so why should we have any for him.No gooner surely still wears his shirt or drinks from his cup or wears his scarf or waves his flag or whatever you bought to support his one great year for us,so why not on that fatefull day he returns to our club playing against us dont you just throw it onto the pitch before the Kick off so he actually realises how he has left us feeling.AFC has to know how this unbelievable event has affected the fans.This transfer cant just be brushed under the carpet…….can it.

  33. Bobby Gee – You should not rely on Yogi Berea as a source of wisdom for when he found out that Dublin had a Jewish Lord Mayor, he replied “Only in America!!”. Nuff said 🙂

  34. You kind of forget how good Diaby is. I just watched a few YouTube video’s of him after reading this post and its a quick reminder of how feckin’ good a player he really can be. If he can keep fit, its not a case of will he be immense again – because he will be, its how long can he keep injury free.

    If he can have a season like Robin (free of injury) , he’ll be the midfielder we’ve all been wanting for a long time, and a candidate for the Arsenal player of the season, I can feel it.

  35. Nice one, YW, and full of chuckles. Re: Abou Diaby, it isn’t only the injuries to watch for. Even when he had a run of games he was inconsistent, with a brilliant and dominant performance one game and then a couple of non-descript performances. It is difficult to achieve that consistency as we know for younger players. AD has to contend with the fact as well that injuries have prevented him from playing all that much in his youth to learn how to produce consistent performances. If he stays healthy, though, he seems very determined and will certainly be focused on achieving his potential. But in microcosm, he’s had two okay games and one excellent one. Hopefully the pattern will become of an even higher consistent standard this season.

  36. Thank you Yogi. Your excellent work helps tide me through this interlull. Can it kindly fuck off now, I am in serious Arsenal-withdrawal.

  37. Bill, if Sagna does manage to return well from this second break, it won’t be very good business to sell him and replace with Jenks etc… Those are very young players who will benefit more from training and playing with Sagna for a couple more years. For Arsenal, it would be great business to hold onto an excellent RB who plays our style and could be part of a winning team this year or next year.

    It is time to start shifting the discourse on business from itemizing and isolating transfer and wage values to a broader model that incorporates the value of prize money/tv benefits, global exposure, commercial revenue, enhanced image rights value and so on into our calculations of whether something is “good business” or not.

  38. How about this – if Diaby manages to start more than 30 games this season we could be well be in contention come May?

  39. I would point out that players who develop in a winning team or are major players for a winning side have their transfer values enhanced too. The younger players will likely develop better in a side with experienced players and leaders, one of whom is Bacary Sagna. Let’s remember that his powerful header v. Tottenham when we were behind by two goals turned our season around. That’s what you get with leaders and experienced quality.

    If he isn’t fit and his performance drops off this coming season, then its fine and a good idea to seek alternatives (which might be cheaper but needn’t necessarily be).

  40. The interlull, Gosh!!A week away to our next game!

    It is good to hear our players did well on international duty and that so far all are in one piece. Here is to hoping they all come back safe.

    Lukas that is an absurd story.

  41. I wouldn’t bet on Diaby not moving out. If there is one thing I’ve learnt from the RVP saga…it is to be cynical about player loyalty. Didn’t Diaby mention last year that he would love to play for Barcelona?

  42. Haha…while looking for gervinho on google the third on the list of recommendations is “Gervinho forehead jokes”

  43. Limestone @ 5:42 and 5:47.

    “Bill, if Sagna does manage to return well from this second break, it won’t be very good business to sell him and replace with Jenks etc… Those are very young players who will benefit more from training and playing with Sagna for a couple more years. For Arsenal, it would be great business to hold onto an excellent RB who plays our style and could be part of a winning team this year or next year.

    “It is time to start shifting the discourse on business from itemizing and isolating transfer and wage values to a broader model that incorporates the value of prize money/tv benefits, global exposure, commercial revenue, enhanced image rights value and so on into our calculations of whether something is “good business” or not.”I would point out that players who develop in a winning team or are major players for a winning side have their transfer values enhanced too. The younger players will likely develop better in a side with experienced players and leaders, one of whom is Bacary Sagna. Let’s remember that his powerful header v. Tottenham when we were behind by two goals turned our season around. That’s what you get with leaders and experienced quality.

    If he isn’t fit and his performance drops off this coming season, then its fine and a good idea to seek alternatives (which might be cheaper but needn’t necessarily be).”

    Virtual cyberspace 5 minute standing ovation for both of those posts.

    As always, you say what I want to say in the way I wish I could say it. If that makes any sense.

  44. Ivory Coast – Senegal FT 4-2. Amazing game. Gervinho got an assist, scored off the cross bar, earned a penalty and didn’t get injured.

  45. I had to throw my van Persie mug away a long time ago – unfortunate incident with an enormous spider in the middle of the night, at least the size of a large orange, and RVP mug was the nearest thing to hand to capture it with.

    Managed to get unfeasibly large beast, with legs intact – very tricky manoeuvre that, trying not to squish the bloody thing’s toes = out of the flat inside the mug, and liberated it on the stairwell, but decided couldn’t face drinking out of it any more, and chucked it straight in the bin.

    Still have two Cesc mugs, though, not letting either of those go.

    I’ll applaud Cesc when he comes back (love him, frankly), but for RVP, will maintain a dignified, if extremely huffy, silence.

  46. Yeah right Clerkenwell, VP would. Come out with some line like “It just wassn’t the same at another club” and you’d be swooning!

    But yeah I would welcome Cesc back any day.

  47. “I’ll applaud Cesc when he comes back” confident stance there CG.

    I’m in the same camp.

    As for RVP:

    Nope.

    Never. Never. Never.

  48. Clerkenwell Gooner, Markus, Jonny..

    Am hoping for a Cesc return too, but don’t you think he’d face the same problem like he is at Barca now knowing that we have Santi, Diaby (injury free), Arteta. Where would he fit in?

  49. Said the same thing recently. I am not hoping for his return but I am not in the ‘jilted lover’ camp either.

    He’d be a good option from the bench.

  50. Oh! I said the wrong thing there, should have been,’ I wouldn’t mind a Cesc return…’ Rather than ‘hoping’ for it.

    True though, he’ll enhance the quality of the bench. 🙂

  51. Any Chicagoans in the vicinity? Where’s the best pub in this city to watch Diaby v Southampton on Wednesday (and Giroud score, naturally)?

  52. ZP, over at 7amkickoff, Arsechicago might be able to guide you. My favorite neighborhood is still Hyde Park, but no soccer pubs in the neighborhood back in the days I lived there.

  53. Some great posts and then some pure bullcrap from the resident WUMS

    great job GERVINHO. bring it back with you son. ARSENAL NEED THAT FIREWORKS

    don’t think back to the players gone.
    DIVORCE US. FINAL
    no matter how good the sex was 😉

    MOVE ON WITH YOUR LIFE.
    ARSENALS HAS……

  54. Interesting to see the excitement generated by the international break – Twitter buzzing, ACLF requiring queues to get on and post!

    Probably a reaction to an unwelcome but surprisingly intensive, never ending transfer window followed by the excitement of the first three games. Feels like everyone is getting their breath back.

    Main interest in the internationals these days is in seeing how our players – and the key ones if our main opponents perform.

    Of them all, the one I’m most pleased for is Diaby. The two France games will, for once, work in our favour as he gets yet more game time and confirms his growing reputation on the world stage.

    He, in combination with Arteta and Santi, fill all of us with confidence and hope in equal measure.

    That there is a half-hearted debate being conducted around various Cesc-based hypotheses tells us as much about our current midfield as it does the want away who has ended up a sorry slave to his DNA.

  55. Looking at our starting midfield, I can’t see Jack get into first team unless there’s an injury. We can’t bench Arteta, he’s the heart of the team, Cazorla must play, and Diaby is one of the best center mids in the Premier League when he’s truly at his best.

  56. Here’s something for the geeman from one of his heroes. The treaty of Triopoli was submitted to the Senate by President John Adams, receiving ratification unanimously from the U.S. Senate on June 7, 1797 and signed by Adams, taking effect as the law of the land on June 10, 1797:

    “As the Government of the United States of America is not, in any sense, founded on the Christian religion,—as it has in itself no character of enmity against the laws, religion, or tranquility, of Mussulmen [Muslims],—and as the said States never entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mahometan [Muslim] nation, it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries.

  57. ShahiGooner
    September 9, 2012 at 9:22 am
    Looking at our starting midfield, I can’t see Jack get into first team unless there’s an injury. We can’t bench Arteta, he’s the heart of the team, Cazorla must play, and Diaby is one of the best center mids in the Premier League when he’s truly at his best.
    —————————–

    It’s worth being cautious with Diaby – making him play 45 games in his first season back could be unwise. The great thing about the current position with our midfielders is that we can afford heavy rotation without any effect on the quality of player we’re fielding, obviously Wilshere will need time to bed back in – we’ve seen Ramsey have his own struggles after injury and Jack has been away for so long, but easing him back in with some sub appearances and League Cup games we’ll hopefully see him start to establish a foothold in the first team by the back end of the season and then Wenger will have the luxury of having to decide on which brilliant player to leave on the bench.

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