A few days ago I wrote about the apparent change in Abou Diaby’s role in our 4-3-3 formation. I stated that I felt that Diaby’s best position is slightly further forward than Cesc Fabregas, allowing him to use his dribbling to drive into the penalty area while Fabregas dictates the play with his creative passing game.
Given Diaby’s tendency to polarise opinion this notion was understandably met with some skepticism among the AFCB readers. “Here’s an idea, don’t play him at all…” and “Diaby clearly polarises people – they either rate him or hate him. It’s a reflection of his lack of consistency…” are just two comments that reflect the opinion of quite a few Arsenal supporters.
The following compilation video, taken from France’s 2-0 win in Bosnia, is a superb showcase of the impact Diaby can have as the chief attacking midfielder in the side. And while it might not end the debate about his consistency, I feel it provides more evidence that Diaby is most dangerous when played higher up the pitch and given license to attack.
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