Arsenal boss Wenger admits to gamble over Diaby

Arsene Wenger has admitted he gambled by choosing to rely on Abou Diaby once Alex Song was sold to Barcelona, the Daily Mirror has reported. The Arsenal manager put his faith in Diaby despite the France international’s history of injuries, and saw the midfielder limp out of the weekend’s match with Chelsea.

Arsenal went on to lose that game 2-1 and the newspaper adds that Diaby is now expected to miss up to three weeks of action with a thigh injury after departing the field with only 18 minutes played. Before this season the 26-year-old had made only 18 starts in two years and Wenger added it would only be at the end of the season that his decision to persist with Diaby could be judged right or wrong.

He said: “Diaby’s injury record is not good. I was concerned about him, of course. It was a gamble but I was calculating as well that Jack Wilshere was coming back. We’ll see overall if it was a good or bad decision at the end of the season.

Wenger also noted that Arsenal have Francis Coquelin, a 21-year-old utility player who was ill ahead of the meeting with Chelsea, and Emmanuel Frimpong, who is only just returning from a serious injury suffered last season while on loan at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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