Wilshere means Wenger has much ado Abou-t Diaby

By Avenell Dave

Who's been Arsenal's best player so far this season?

Maraoune Chamakh has impressed; Samir Nasri seems to be using his World Cup disappointment as a reminder that he needs to be more impactful; and love him or loathe him, Andrey Arshavin's stats are superb.

But for me, the player who has stood out as the best of the lot has been Jack Wilshere.

The spell at Bolton last season seems to have done him the world of good and toughened him up to the rigours of top flight football.

There were times where Steve Bould and co. had to remind him about his duties in the youth and reserve teams but the spell up north has had the same impact as a Preston loan did for a certain D Beckham.

However gifted players are, world class vision and talent is something that comes naturally to a few.

Lionel Messi has it, Shrek Rooney has it and Cesc Fabregas has it: that ability to spot a pass four moves ahead of where the ball is.

It's like chess, always anticipating what could happen in the future: even if the future is just a few moments ahead.

You can see it in Jack Wilshere too.

It's not just the sublime ability to backheel the ball into Arshavin's path when surrounded by three defenders.

It's his ability to match incredible passing ability with split second timing.

You can always sense that Jack knows exactly what to do with the ball before he's already received it.

If Arsene Wenger learnt one thing last week against West Brom, it should have been that he simply cannot afford to leave Jack out if Cesc is unavailable.

However determined and tricky Nasri proved to be on Saturday, it was not until Jack came on that the Arsenal machine started to purr once again.

And the most pleasing aspect is that he fights to win the ball back when it's lost and seems to realise that hard work has to go with flair.

And he doesn't even react when being kicked and provoked to high heaven.

It wasn't a surprise when Jack was taken off in Belgrade given his importance to the side with Tuesday's game won.

So where does this leave Abou Diaby?

Tipped as the new Patrick Vieira when he joined the club, Diaby shone when he first arrived, only to lose a year due to an ankle hack at Sunderland.

He's scored some important goals and he's shown to have a good level of skill and trickery.

But no Arsenal season ticket holder can deny that his work rate and application leave a lot to be desired.

Rarely does he fight for the ball, track back or think about the defensive aspects of his game.

And when he has the ball, he so often tries to take on one player too many, lacking Jack's vision and so losing the ball or slowing the momentum of promising moves.

His body language suggests a player who finds it hard to focus or concentrate and that is a luxury no great team can afford.

With Wenger's adventurous 4-3-3 formation, we simply can't carry a player.

Some fans shamefully booed Diaby on Saturday but the excuse that he was just returning from injury (and he got injured again this week!) Underlines how fragile he is, something we cannot tolerate in the modern game, especially as we have far more talented crocks as it is (RvP anyone?).

My fellow Addict Graham McNorthbank feels that we should sell Diaby and invest the money in a decent player who works hard and who we can rely on.

I have to agree.

Jack shows that if you're old enough, you're good enough and while not as naturally talented, even Henri Lansbury has the determination and football savvy that makes him a far better team prospect in the years to come.