The rumour's of Flamini having decided his future is elsewhere won't go away and rightly so since his contract offer remains unsigned.
I honestly thought that he would stay at the club, he may still do that, but the odd's are against it.
If he go's, we will need to fill a big hole and some people are saying that Diaby could be the answer.
I dont think he is, yet. Diaby has all the physical attribute's to play centre midfield. He is built like a young Patrick Vieira and could be such a good player. In fact I rate him highly, and believe that he could become a future centre midfielder, but not yet.
The reasons? He can't tackle and he hold's on to the ball for too long.
Why do you think Wenger plays him on the left?
It's to help him progress. If Flamini go's, I don't think we could pair Cesc and Diaby as midfield partners next season.
Diaby is no Vieira. He may look like him, but to compare them both is unfair on Diaby.
It add's pressure on him and let's not forget how young he is. He will be 22 next week.
Vieira was the COMPLETE package. The man could do everything and is an Arsenal legend. Diaby is raw and missed a large chunk of his career with a dreadful injury. That set's his career back slightly so he hasn't progressed as much as he would have hoped.
When he learn's how to tackle and release's the ball at the right time I will think he is ready to play in the middle.
At the moment he is not ready but he will be one day. The potential is there for him to be a good player, we need a ready made stop-gap to fill in until he is ready.
How about Gilberto? Or Gattuso?
Keep it Goonerish.......