Abou Diaby relieved by ankle verdict


Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has revealed he was fortunate not to suffer a serious injury in a challenge with Bolton Wanderers' Paul Robinson on Saturday.

The Trotters defender caught the Frenchman with a tough tackle that forced him to be substituted during the Gunners' 4-1 triumph at the Emirates Stadium.

Manager Arsene Wenger is already without Theo Walcott, Nicklas Bendtner, Aaron Ramsey and Robin van Persie and Diaby's absence comes as a further blow.

He will miss Wednesday's Champions League opener against Braga and he is delighted he will only miss a couple of games with the ankle knock.

"I will miss our first game in the Champions League but to be honest I am lucky to only miss two or three games, I really thought I would be out for a long time," he said.

"Bolton is a very physical team and to be honest the tackle was a strong one, but it is Premier League football, people are committed, so it is fine for me.

"I hope the team start the Champions League with a victory, the first game in any competition is always very important."

Subscribe to Football FanCast News Headlines by Email


Switch to Snack Football to browse all blogs, videos and new featured content
snack football unit grey closesnack football unit green-tick