Date: 8th January 2007 at 10:55pm
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Arsene Wenger today confirmed Abou Diaby’s inclusion in the Arsenal squad to face Liverpool in tomorrow’a Carling Cup quarter final.

Diaby has been out of action since last April after suffering a broken ankle at the hands, or should I say feet of Sunderland’s Dan Smith with only seconds remaining in a game that was far beyond doubt.

Now after all the waiting and hard work, Abou is finally ready to play.

Wenger gave the news (as well as other injury news) in his pre-match press conference.

‘We have Diaby in the squad for the first time and Emmanuel Adebayor is very strongly coming back. Blackburn is possible for him,’ said Wenger.

‘Lauren is not in the squad for Liverpool, he has a small toe injury. William Gallas will not play either. But basically the only real injury is Ljungberg, he needs one more week after Blackburn.’

‘That is why I said for a long time that I won’t buy anyone [in the transfer window]. I knew I had enough players when they came back from injury.’

My only gripe would be that he chose to return on a night when I’m working lates so I’ll miss the game.

Lets hope for extra time eh so your esteemed editor may witness the return of the highly rated Abou Diaby.


66 Replies to “Diaby To Make Return At Liverpool”

  • pull a sicky! lol Diaby whooooah, Diaby Whooooah, we signed him from Auxerre, he’s every f****n where!

  • He looks one mean motherf***er…back just in time for those cloggers from the North and for two legs against the spuds…looking forward to crushing them with our reserve side

  • would be nice to see Abou for a wee while tomorrow night, but I would gladly wait a bit longer if he was a bit short of preparation. But I’m sure Le Gaffer got it all sussed…

    »»Arsene Knows««

  • IU’d be happy with that 🙂 can we make sure sunderland’s dan smith is locked in a cage, away from the city of liverpool, for the night? »»Arsene Knows««

  • anon 1. If you win tonight, and i hope you do, what makes you think you’ll play the reserves against Spurs? The way i see it is although you always put out 2nd string in the carling – the chance of a final may mean a different approach. On top of that, Wenger having lost only once against us, would surely rather keep the psychological grip over Spurs, and not risk losing – even if it is only with a reserve side. so i reckon he may wheel out the big guns. Especially if he needs to in the 2nd leg.

  • I disagree that we’ll play the big guns in the SF of lager cup. A couple of seasons ago I remember Arsene looking back and admitting that we’d stretched ourselves too thinly by competing in all competitions. The problem that we have is that the “kids” are now in the first team, and the next wave are out on loan (Lupoli, Bendtner, Gilbert, Donnely etc). The guys below that are not up to it yet and I’m sure Arsene doesn’t want to get a hiding and get abuse about “devaluing” a pointless trophy. It will be interested to see who plays. Song, Diaby, Flamini, Hoyte, Denilson, Manu should all play from the start. Toure and Robin should rest.

  • Almunia, Hoyte, Djourou, Senderos, Clichy/Traore, Song, Cesc, Denilson, Rosicky, Walcott, Aliadiere, Baptista, RvP, Diaby, Lehmann could be the team

  • well I guess I’ll just answer you with a yes, Lehmann up front in a 15 man team and we will play our new player Clichy/Traore at LB.

  • just havin a laugh mate. maybe “team from” rather than”could be the team” would have stopped you from being open to such stupidity. I hope your Traore is better than the old Liverpool one. lol

  • Dunno why i am so kind – but I read that at least one bookie is offering 40-1 for you lot to repeat the 3-1 scoreline from Saturday. a long shot but worth a punt?

  • Le Boss has named the squad which is as follows:
    2. Abou Diaby
    4. Francesc Fabregas
    5. Kolo Toure
    9. Julio Baptista
    15. Denilson
    17. Alex Song
    20. Johan Djourou
    21. Mart Poom
    24. Manuel Almunia
    30. Jeremie Aliadiere
    31. Justin Hoyte
    32. Theo Walcott
    33. Matthew Connolly
    40. Henry Lansbury
    43. Mark Randall
    45. Armand Traore

  • I try and keep updated on the reserve and youth teams, watch all the highlights and such on ATVO, but Who the **** is Henry Lansbury?! Anyone know anything about him?

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