Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hit out at the French Football Federation over Abou Diaby’s latest injury.
Diaby appeared just five times last season for Arsenal and was forced off early in the Premier League home defeat by Chelsea at the weekend. Wenger now fears his midfielder could be sidelined for up to three weeks for a thigh strain.
He told Sky Sports: “I said many times that if France wanted Diaby in Spain (for the World Cup qualifier on October 16) they should not take him for (the qualifiers against) Finland and Belarus.
“They could have taken him but not played him because the guy has been out for a year, played four or five games. You have a breather, give him two weeks to recover completely. I think it was a mistake to play him with the French national team.”
The Frenchman went on to admit that his team without Diaby is not as strong.
“On Saturday when he moved out Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain comes in, takes his position straight away and loses the ball on set-pieces. This is a ball Diaby would have won easily because he has the size,” he added.