Arsene Wenger Believes Abou Diaby Is Just Like Patrick Vieira

ABOU_DIABY_ Arsenal manager Arsenal Wenger has likened midfielder Abou Diaby to former Gunners’ legend Patrick Vieira.

Diaby netted a brace for the north Londoners in yesterday’s 4-1 win over Portsmouth to leave manager Wenger drooling over his performance.

“His ability to win the ball back is just like Vieira,” the Frenchman told BBC Sport.

“He is capable of very quick transitions from defence to attack and has fantastic strength box to box, nobody can go with him.

“Diaby is a bit more offensive than Vieira but when he plays a more defensive role he is very similar.”

The 23-year-old has suffered an injury-interrupted career so far at Arsenal but Wenger tipped him to enjoy a big role with the team this season.

“He worked very hard in the summer and this could be his season,” mused the Arsenal boss.

“He has prepared very well, looks sharp and strong and has everything for a Premier League midfielder.”


~ by footballdirecta on August 23, 2009.

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