I've a feeling that this coming campaign is make-or-break for Abou Diaby's Arsenal career.
He is naturally a central midfield player but he has often found himself on the left of Arsenal's midfield, behind the front man or on the treatment table keeping Tomas Rosicky company.
Last summer Flamini and Gilberto left the club and I thought that then was the perfect opportunity for Diaby to take his chance in his favourite position.
Instead Denilson produced the best statistics and made the most appearances ever seen in an Arsenal shirt. And I mean EVER.
Of course he doesn't pick the team, Arsene Wenger does. Wenger, after all, is almost as notorious as the Notorious B.I.G for players playing out of position. So that probably explains why Diaby is stuck out wide most of the time.
However, despite Wenger's ways has Diaby really impressed you much with his displays in the middle of the park when he does play there? I'm split to be honest.
Diaby confuses me. I never know what he is going to do with the ball and I think most of the time he doesn't either. And that, I must say, is a huge disadvantage for a professional footballer let me tell you.
People have compared him to Patrick Vieira and I think that is unfair on the lad. Just because he is tall, slim, black, French and a midfield player, it doesn't mean he is similar to Vieira. (Except for his looks)
I actually think Diaby looks like the Pepperami stick from the Pepperami advert but that's another story..............
I think many Gooners are frustrated with Diaby, the same as me. I believe there is potential for great things there but I also believe that maybe Diaby is in the last chance saloon.
His injury against Sunderland a few years back set him back in his progression as a player but that was a long time ago now.
It all comes down to trust and either Wenger trusts him or he doesn't. That is the bottom line. We will see if Wenger trusts Diaby to make an impact in the middle if he doesn't sign that midfielder we need.
Only then will we see if Diaby will sink or swim. It will make or break him.
Keep it Goonerish..............