By Chris Harris

Abou Diaby is back in Arsenal’s squad for their crucial Champions League clash with Villarreal.

The French midfielder sustained a thigh injury while on international duty at the end of last month and has not played since. Now Diaby’s return will give Arsène Wenger a selection dilemma in midfield.

If only the Arsenal manager had the same problem in defence. Already without William Gallas, Gael Clichy and Manuel Almunia, Wenger has lost Johan Djourou to the knee injury he suffered at Wigan on Saturday.

“Yes, both Djourou and Clichy are unfortunately out,” confirmed Wenger at his pre-match press conference.

“Djourou has a knee problem. He will have a scan today but we fear a cartilage. Clichy on what we saw after the game in Villarreal, he has a back problem. 

“But Diaby is in the squad.”

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