Bacary Sagna has given Abou Diaby his support and has praised the midfielder as one of the best in the world when fit.
Unfortunately Diaby has suffered injury after injury since sustaining the horror break at the hands of Sunderland’s Dan Smith in 2006. Much of his potential has yet to be realized and Sagna feels there’s still time left on the clock.
The 27-year-old has returned to fitness and Wenger has even tipped him to play a part in the final stages of Arsenal’s season. He enjoyed a good runout for the reserves and the signs are positive for a return to the first team.
Sagna revealed his admiration of Diaby to Arsenal’s official website:
He’s still young, that’s what is amazing because he had so many setbacks and bad news in his life but he’s still fighting, he’s still smiling and that’s what I admire about him.
He always wants to give the maximum, he always stays positive and I think that’s why he’s back today.
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To me he is one of the best in the world [when he is fit]. When he’s at his best he can play as well as Patrick Vieira did and as good as many players did. He can be useful for the team and he can be decisive.
To be honest I was shocked the day he got injured [at Swansea last season] because to me he deserves to have a great career. He’s a great player with great skill and ability but he got injured a lot.
That’s life and I think he is strong enough to come back to his best and work hard, that’s what he’s done until now and I’m glad to see him back. He played with the reserves and he is training with us so I’m looking forward to him playing with us.
The French duo are the longest serving players at the club but their careers have taken two separate paths. Diaby added power and drive to the Arsenal midfield when he was fit, something we’ve missed for some time in the heart of the side.
It’s a huge compliment for Sagna to usher the name Vieira in the same bracket as Diaby, but in typical Arsenal fashion we can only dream what could have been had it not been for injuries.
We called for your support of Diaby recently, and with the lanky Frenchman available again let’s hope he can have a positive month ahead of next season and can finally put all the setbacks behind him.