All the Saturday morning news from The Emirates Stadium.
Abou Diaby’s absence as an Arsenal player is all set to make it to a year - after Arsene Wenger confirmed that the French international has undergone more surgery on his cruciate knee ligament surgery.
Despite rumours of a comeback in 2013, it now appears he never really made much progress after his original surgery, and that this second surgery was necessary to get him back in action quicker.
Diaby has not played since a 2-0 win against Swansea City on March 16th, and according to Wenger, it will be March when he is considered again.
Although the Arsenal boss had words of hope in regards to Diaby’s Arsenal career:
‘’He could not even jog yet so with new surgery it is a setback for him so competitive football cannot be played before March. He has one and a half years to go on his contract."
Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp feels that Arsene Wenger has silenced his critics, and that he does want to return to Arsenal in a coaching role.
The former striker, who scored 120 goals in his 11 year Arsenal career, is currently assistant coach to Frank de Boer at Ajax - and has a role at Arsenal in mind for the future:
"My personal ambition is to maybe come to Arsenal one day - to do the role I am doing at Ajax. [I want] to educate the younger players, to be part of the coaching staff and make players better."
Manchester United are now thought to be the front-runners for his signature, and Montpellier are ready to sell:
"He is an intelligent boy who is enjoying a good season. Now, if in the winter transfer window Manchester United offer €18m (£15m) as I have read, he must go.’’
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