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Abou Diaby adds to Arsenal growing injury list

By Sam Lyon

Abou Diaby
Arsenal are hopeful Diaby's injury is only short-term

Arsenal have been dealt another injury blow ahead of the international break with the news that Abou Diaby has sustained a groin strain.

The midfielder is out of Saturday's trip to West Bromwich Albion and has pulled out of France's Euro 2012 qualifier against Luxembourg next week.

The club are hopeful, however, that Diaby's absence will be short term.

The Gunners are already without a host of first-team players, including Theo Walcott and Cesc Fabregas.

Johan Djourou, Thomas Vermaelen, Wojciech Szczesny, Alex Song and Lukasz Fabianski are also sidelined.

With the season entering the business end, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will be anxious that his key players return to fitness soon as they pursue the Premier League title, their last chance of a first trophy since 2005.

Arsenal are only three points behind league leaders Manchester United and, with a game in hand, Wenger is confident his side can launch an assault on the title.

We just want to keep belief high, togetherness high and give our best shot until the end of the season.

Arsene Wenger

Wenger believes it is now a two-horse race between Arsenal and United.

"If we do not do it, it will be Manchester United because certainly the other teams are too far away," said the Frenchman.

"Unless Chelsea beats Manchester United and wins all their games, they might have a chance, but mathematically it is in our hands or Manchester United hands.

"The other teams can only come back if Arsenal or Man United do not take their opportunities, so it is down to our results.

"We are on a remarkably consistent run in the Premier League, have gone out in the Champions League in special circumstances, while at Old Trafford we could have got a result.

"We just want to keep belief high, togetherness high and give our best shot until the end of the season."

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