Have you ever warmed up before a game of football, given a sneaky little glance at the opposition and seen some big lanky lump lumbering around the pitch?
If you have, I'm sure that nine times out of ten you will think, 'I bet that player is strong and is good in the air'.
Is that what opposing teams think about Abou Diaby?
There is a problem with that though. The opposition may believe this, but when they actually start playing they will probably realise that Diaby isn't a danger to their own side in the air. Noooooo, in fact Diaby is a danger to Arsenal!
Remember the own goal against Manchester United? What a bullet of a header that was! Well, Diaby even tried outdoing that shenanigan last night.
Having scored the most bizarre own-goal of the season already, Diaby decided to try and beat it by scoring an own-goal with his chest which, unfortunately for him, but fortunately for us, hit the bar.
Diaby was also out-jumped for the AZ goal by a player, who was at most, half the size of him.
Now, when you read this please don't think that I hate on Diaby because I don't. But lets be honest, Diaby is tall, he should be a threat for Arsenal at set-pieces and he should be able to help us in a big way at defending them. Really he does neither. Except cause immense panic. Causing stains in my Arsenal pants.
We should either;
A) Keep Diaby away from our area when defending absolutely anything or;
B) Teach Diaby how to head the stinking ball.
On his day Diaby can be incredible. When he isn't on his day then frankly I'd rather have John Jensen back in the fold.
Diaby has brilliant attributes but also equally bad attributes. I'm sure he is working on his weaknesses and when he improves them we will see a player who can compete with the best and even better them.
Imagine a Diaby who can head the ball and tackle? Exciting.
Keep it Goonerish................