Diaby’s time with us was ravaged by injuries, and few kept their faith and patience intact more than Wenger, who gave the Frenchman ample opportunities to prove his fitness.
His career at the top level was looking bleak, but Diaby has since been handed another chance with a pay-as-you-play deal (via the Daily Mail), and he’s thanked Wenger for all his support.
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“In nine years, I had hard times, but also very beautiful moments,” Diaby was quoted as saying in the Evening Standard.
“I had the chance to meet a coach like Arsene Wenger, who is a great coach and a great man too. I have this regret at not having been able to express all my qualities and my potential.”
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According to the Daily Mail, Wenger even allowed Diaby to use our training facilities following his release in order for him to be in the best shape possibile if a potential suitor came calling.
The 29-year-old’s departure will always be a little painful, with fitness issues preventing him from reaching his potential as an elite midfielder.
Diaby’s lack of involvement means that we won’t necessarily miss his presence, but we could still benefit from the addition of another powerful midfielder to ease the burden currently weighing heavily on Francis Coquelin.