By Nick Teale
Abou Diaby says he will speak to Arsène Wenger about taking on Alex Song's role while the 22-year-old is away at the Africa Cup of Nations.
The Frenchman has recently signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal and has been touted as a possible replacement for Song in the defensive-midfield role.
The Cameroon international has made the position his own this season and no other player has featured in more Gunners games than he has.
Diaby is one of a number of players who has been linked with taking on the role in Song's absence and, speaking after the 2-1 FA Cup victory over West Ham United on Sunday afternoon, the Frenchman said he would be happy to help out.
"I will talk about that with the manager and if he wants me to play in that position, I am happy to do it," he said. "We will see what happens.
"Alex is a very important player in our team. Because he is going, we have to replace him and make sure we do the same job without him."

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4 Jan 2010