Abou Diaby is regarded as one of the talented midfielders in Arsenal’s squad, but he has rarely featured for the club since joining the Premier league outfit from Auxerre in the 2005-06 season.
This is primarily been due to a succession of injuries, which appeared to have worsened in the last few years. Since the 2011-12 season, Diaby has featured in only 20 appearances. As a result, his career has been in major doubt. The midfielder, though, is now targeted a return to first-team football and also possibly featuring in the French national team at the World Cup 2014.
The 27-year-old’s fitness trainer has stated that other players would have given up with the amount of problems faced in the last three years, but Diaby has persisted in the hope of returning to dominate Arsenal’s midfield. Diaby’s return could not have come at a much better time for Arsenal since the club will be without the likes of Jack Wilshere, Mesut Ozil, Theo Walcott, and Aaron Ramsey for the next few weeks. This crises in midfield is threatening to derail the club’s ambitions for winning the Premier league title.
They still remain in the race for the league title – as well as FA Cup – along with the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City.
“I will take stock with Arsenal medical staff early in April, but I hope to resume collective training sessions very soon. I never had such a long break. I never had a knee injury and it is really weird. You can feel physically there is something different. But I learnt a lot from my injuries. I can keep things in perspective. Even now I am very close to the end of my specific work, I keep things in perspective. I can master my impatience. I want to be back being strong, very strong and perfectly at ease in my body,” said Diaby.