OK, Let's be positive about Abou Diaby returning to Arsenal...

About Diaby

Abou Diaby is set to return for Arsenal it has now been confirmed.

So earlier this week we were quite negative about Abou Diaby returning from injury 'Abou Diaby's injury return is bad timing for Arsenal' - commenting that the midfielder's recovery will simply stop Arsenal signing anyone and he will simply get injured right after the transfer window closes.

And let's face it, it could happen, but the purpose of this piece is to think positive - and look at what Diaby can do for Arsenal if he stays fit, so here goes...

At present, Arsenal have arguably the best midfield trio in the league - Arteta, Wilshere, Cazorla. But what happens if one of them gets injured?

Tomas Rosicky can do a job, but week in week out? Aaron Ramsey? Not a popular choice. Francis Coquelin? Not ready yet. Abou Diaby? Yes please.

In fact, Diaby can offer Arsenal something so different and so effective there is an argument for bringing him into the midfield straight off the bat.

Diaby could rotate with Wilshere - Who Wenger must realise should not play week in week out, as otherwise sooner or later there is a danger he too will re-aggravate his injury which kept him out for the whole 2011/12 season.

The installation of Diaby in midfield gives Arsenal a physical presence, few across the league can match. Diaby at his powerful and athletic best can only be matched by Yaya Toure and Marouane Fellaini, he is that good.

A real illustration of his quality is outlined by the fact he went straight into the France international squad when he returned from injury in August, not only that, but he struck the winning goal in their World Cup qualifier with Finland.

Diaby will provide Arsenal with fresh legs at a crucial stage of the season. He is not a new signing, but he can have an impact befitting one.

The Gunners are locked in a battle for a top four spot, and there is a fair chance they could miss out if they don't get it right. Only two of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham will make it in for a Champions League place.

Diaby could give Arsenal an edge, it is no coincidence the Gunners form dropped off after he got injured, his performance away to Liverpool early in the season was so good and so dominant it was one of the best individual showings of the season.

Most of all, Diaby can be Arsenal's trump card when they face Bayern Munich in the Champions League this season. Most expect the Germans to wipe the floor with Arsenal, but it won't be that easy. The Bayern midfield will not relish the prospect of a fully fit Diaby going toe to toe with them, and if Wenger's side are to emerge victorious, they need all their key players available.

Now, all Diaby needs to do is stay fit...

How do you think Diaby can influence Arsenal's season? Will he stay healthy?

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