Arsenal fans react on Twitter to Abou Diaby's cruciate injury KO

About Diaby

The news Arsenal fans had expected but been dreading has come true; Abou Diaby has suffered a long-term injury.

Regular readers of our website may wish to cast their minds back to February 1, when we ran an article entitled 'Play Abou Diaby Injury Bingo'.

The message was that with Arsene Wenger electing not to sign a new midfielder in January, the Frenchman's injury record made it inevitable he would suffer misfortune between now and the end of the season.

But surely nobody could have predicted a blow as cruel as this; it was announced today that the 26-year-old has suffered a cruciate ligament knee injury - which will keep him out for a minimum of nine months.

It caps another frustrating season for the central midfielder, who started the season in superb form, starring in a 2-0 win at Anfield and scoring a winner for France in a World Cup qualifier against Finland.

He later suffered a groin injury which would keep him out until mid-January, but he was clearly not at the peak fitness he was in at the start of the campaign, and his form showed.

The injury is a potentially significant blow to Arsenal's season, but quite how bad will depend on how quickly Jack Wilshere recovers from his own ankle injury - with it today announced by Arsene Wenger the Englishman could take another fortnight to recover.

So is it all doom and gloom in light of Diaby's injury, or was it simply something half-expected, and fans are remaining positive - or simply fed up?

We took to Twitter to find out...

What do you think of the news? Does he have a future at Arsenal?

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