The Frenchman has had a torrid time with injury, making only five appearances for the Gunners last season due to persistent calf and hamstring injuries.
Although Diaby is rated very highly by Wenger, it now seems like a certainty that there will be no chance of a contract extension if he fails to shake off his injury woes this coming season.
Diaby is quoted as saying by The Sun:
It is a big year for me, of course it is.
I did not play last season and I would like to say my problems started two years ago. I was getting injured and last year I barely played at all.
It is a crucial season and it is really important for me to be back strong and have a very good year.
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I am working every day to prove a point to everyone so that is my main goal — to play and to improve and be consistent.
I am really happy to be at this club and we want to give something to this club. We are training, we are doing our best and I hope we can give something back to the fans.”
Last season, I had many strains on my calf but also my hamstring and these muscle injuries kept me away from the pitch. It was a difficult season.
I wanted to play, I wanted to be part of the team but I couldn’t do it. So yes, it was a difficult season. My toughest season.
I only played four Premier League games and one Champions League game. But I was only playing for 10 minutes each time so it was really difficult.
When the injuries come all the time it is really difficult. It is not like when you are away for six or eight months and you know what you have. For me it was coming all the time and it was really difficult.
I had medical treatment and also muscle strength treatment. I have done rehabilitation this summer for four weeks and now I feel good.
It is always nice to have the confidence of the manager and he definitely has given me more confidence.
I am happy to be here with the team and on this tour. I hope I have a great season.
There is no doubt that Diaby is a talented midfielder and would add great depth to the Arsenal squad as a typical box-to-box midfielder.
In saying this however, no matter how good or talented the player is, he will always be excess baggage if hampered by injury. It definitely must be now or never for Diaby one feels.
What do you guys think? Is he worthy of another chance or should he have been axed a while ago? Feel free to leave a comment below!