With Mikel Arteta ruled out for Arsenalâ€™s remaining three fixtures, Vermaelen says Diaby is capable of filling the void.
â€śIt is good for him that he is now back and has put a difficult period behind him,â€ť the Belgian told arsenal.com. â€śHe can be really valuable for us I think. Mikel is injured now but Abou brings some physical presence in midfield as well. He is a good player for us so I am happy he is back.
â€śMikel, as you have seen, has been important for us over the whole season. He is a leader on the pitch and outside the pitch and has a lot of experience. It is a big loss that he is not on the pitch anymore.â€ť