Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admits concern over Abou Diaby injury

Arsene Wenger admits he is concerned about Abou Diaby's injury record after the midfielder was forced off against Chelsea

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Abou Diaby was substituted after less than 20 minutes against Chelsea

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Arsene Wenger admits he is concerned over Abou Diaby’s fitness after the midfielder was forced off during Arsenal’s defeat by Chelsea on Saturday.

The France midfielder was substituted less than 20 minutes into the London derby with a thigh strain and is expected to be out of action for at least three weeks.

Wenger admits he may have put too much expectation on Diaby too soon following the departure of Alex Song to Barcelona over the summer.

But the Gunners boss is confident Mikel Arteta can step in as a defensive midfielder ahead of Jack Wilshere’s return to action in the coming weeks.

“Diaby’s injury record is not good and I was concerned about him, of course. It was a gamble but I was calculating as well that Jack Wilshere was coming back,” Wenger was quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

“Francis Coquelin is here but was sick and Emmanuel Frimpong is back, while Tomas Rosicky is coming back. We have many midfield players but don’t have many physical players.

“But Mikel Arteta has shown he can be a great defensive midfield player. We’ll see overall if it was a good or bad decision at the end of the season.”

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