Wenger will look to replace his injured compatriot in January.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has ‘given up’ on defensive midfielder Abou Diaby, according to Goal.com.
Diaby has not featured for Arsenal since suffering a thigh injury against Chelsea on 29 September and it is understood that Wenger does not believe the France international will be able to anchor the midfield on a regular basis again.
Wenger is now set to dip into the transfer market for a replacement in January, with West Ham’s Mohamed Diame on his wish-list.
Despite losing Alex Song to Barcelona for £15m in the summer, Wenger resisted signing a new holding player – although Rennes enforcer Yann M’Vila was linked with a move to the Emirates.
Diaby started the season in fine form, with Arsenal defensively solid in their opening Premier League fixtures. But the North Londoners have struggled in the 26-year-old’s absence, with Mikel Arteta forced into a deeper role.
The Spaniard, who has just one assist to his name this term, has proved less creative and Wenger is desperate to free up Arteta to form an attractive triumvirate with Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla.
Diaby’s injury record can be traced back to a shocking tackle by Dan Smith that fractured and dislocated his ankle at Sunderland in May 2006.
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