Yesterday we found out that Abou Diaby has been sent back to London after an injury scare with apparent muscle discomfort. Arsenal fans have been here before on numerous occasions yet it seems that Diaby's reputation is now overlapping common sense. He played less than a full game the whole of last season and his record wasn't much better before then. Common sense dictates that it will be a while before he can play consistently without feeling fatigue and the aforementioned 'muscular discomfort'. This is just a caution and one which I fully support. Ask most Arsenal fans on Saturday if they want Diaby to start today and most would say no. I would much rather he gets a rest this week, even if it means he misses the Southampton game and comes back fresh for the away trip to Montpellier.
Conor Henderson's amazing strike for Ireland U/21's did the rounds on Twitter yesterday and it got me thinking about his Arsenal future. He is in his 20's now and was on the brink of a first team place last year before an injury late in pre-season. Wenger has always admired the player and has recently given a hint of his plans after denying the midfielder the chance to go out on loan. The most unfortunate part was that the injury took place at a time when Arsenal were in desperate need of an attacking midfielder. Nasri and Fabregas had just left, Wilshere and Diaby were injured long term and only Arteta and Benayoun arrived to soften the blow. Had Henderson managed to stay fit that season I can't help but feel he would have played a big role. But life is unfair and he has had to re-group and try again. This season we have Diaby back, Jack and Rosicky coming back soon and have added Cazorla. Henderson will have to really fight for his chance.
An interesting Q & A session with Arsenal Public Relations officer Mark Gonnella and Chief of Commerce Tom Fox took place last night. Mark said that the comments Bacary Sagna made to L'Equipe last week were a fair reflection of the interview he gave last week. He also said that players were well trained when it comes to press duties which isn't a surprise at a club like Arsenal. Tom Fox spoke more about the summer tour of Asia and the marketing opportunities it opened for the club. Arsenal held 53 different marketing events and such was the organisation that Arsene Wenger didn't find it disrupting. He said the only thing Wenger complained about was the fact the seats on the plane didn't go flat, which has been corrected for next season's tour. If you're on Twitter and want more quotes, follow @Gingers4Limpar.
Other than that its a quiet morning. More on the upcoming fixtures and early team news tomorrow, when most of the Internationals should be finished and we will have a better look at possible injuries. Hopefully everyone stays fit.