Emirates Stadium midfielder hopes to match France great.
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Abou Diaby admits he is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Patrick Vieira for club and country.
Diaby, at 24, is still learning his trade in many respects, but the Gunners star admits he is setting lofty targets and hopes he can one day emulate the achievements of Vieira – who recently singled him out as his natural successor.
“(Vieira’s comments) are an honour for me,” Diaby told L’Equipe.
“But it will require some work to reach his level and achieve what he did. I hope to get there one day, and perhaps even achieve more.
“Above all I admired his performance in the France team. He won everything. For now, I have gained nothing. So, if I can start winning some trophies, it would not hurt.”
Asked if he could play a leadership role for Les Bleus, Diaby added: “Yes of course, why not? At one point, I think we should be ready to take the lead. If I was asked to do that, I would assume my responsibilities.”
SOURCE: Sky Sports
Abou Diaby certainly attempted to emulate Patrick Vieira in one way on Saturday.
Still, he has a long way to go before he can match Vieira’s red card tally.
Vieira was sent off eight times in the Premier League – the joint record with Duncan Ferguson and Richard Dunne.
Abou Diaby also lacks the positional discipline to play the defensive midfield role as well as Vieira did – or even in a box to box partnership.
Alexander Song and Jack Wilshere have already proven themselves better at knowing when to make forward runs and when to hold their lines, and while Diaby is brilliant on his day, he is so frustratingly inconsistent even for a neutral to watch.
If Theo Walcott was ever accused of not possessing a football brain, Abou “Diabolical” Diaby really takes the biscuit.
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