Abou Diaby has featured for Arsenal in both their pre-season games so far this summer and the midfielder believes he can finally stay injury-free.
Suffering a series of injuries ever since he had his ankle smashed to bits just a few months after arriving at the club in 2006, Diaby’s career has been one of setback after setback.
Unable to maintain any sort of fitness due to the toll that tackle by Dan Smith took on his body, Diaby has considered quitting football on more than one occasion.
As he continues his comeback from a serious knee injury, one which took longer than normal to recover from due to the fact he picked up an infection which required further surgery, the Frenchman is hopeful that this will finally be the season when he puts it all behind him.
Speaking to the press, he said
“My love of football is just so big that I couldn’t quit.
“I am still young and now that I have an opportunity to play again I want to take it. I try to be positive all the time and that has helped me to come back.
“It is great just to be playing again. Now I just hope I can keep like this and continue. My knee is feeling good. I have been working hard on my fitness and strength.
“I am really confident I will be able to stay injury-free. I have worked hard for over a year.”
There is no doubting his talent and if ever there was a player who deserved to have a chance at building a career, it is Diaby.
He’s more than paid his dues.