Abou Diaby has vowed to return from injury stronger than ever and is determined to play a crucial role in Arsenal’s future. The midfielder has struggled with injuries during his time at the Emirates Stadium and is currently on the sidelines after suffering knee ligament damage in March.
Diaby sat out Arsenal’s preseason after having surgery to fix a knee ligament but is confident that he will return to the level of play he was at before he suffered the injury.
Speaking to Arsenal official website, he said:
I’m always confident because I know my ability and I know that as soon as I’m fit I can play at a good level. I always keep those references in my mind and I work every day to reach that level.
It was very frustrating because I did a lot of work to become fully fit last season and I wanted to play a full season. Unfortunately, two injuries kept me away from the pitch.
Emotionally it wasn’t good because you think in a bad way but I had the support of my friends, family and the people at the Club and that gave me a lot of hope.
I’m working back to my best level and beyond. I want to catch the train and bring something to the team. That’s my objective.
Diaby has struggled with injuries since moving to the club back in 2006 from Auxerre. He made 178 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 19 goals.
The Frenchman is undeniably talented. When on the pitch he has always showcased his class as he has shown early last season, in some spellbinding displays with his deft touch, superb control and insightful vision is only complemented by his physicality, his eagerness and strength in the tackle. But he was always troubled due to his crippling troubles.
He is injury prone so much so that since his arrival at the Emirates back in the summer of 2006, he has suffered 17 grueling injuries which has limited his playing time with the Gunners. The 27-year-old only made 11 appearances in the Premier League last season.
When Diaby is healthy, he can act as a reliable back up to Mikel Arteta in the central midfield. He can also play in the attacking midfield position but might struggle to force his way back into the team in that position, particularly after the arrival of Mesut Ozil.
Diaby can work in a squad role this season and get regular minutes on the pitch while recovering back to full fitness. It’s obvious that Diaby wants to get fit and retain his place in the squad, which is clear from his energetic performances for the club whenever he is fit but maintaining that fitness seems nigh on impossible for the Frenchman. So it seems that this could potentially be Diaby’s last season, his last chance to prove his doubters wrong and show .
Hopefully he can get rid of those injuries and prove his worth to the club and the fans. With Arsenal needing depth in the squad Diaby will provide that when he returns from his injury.
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