No matter how talented a player is, injury ca seriously hamper and halt his development as a footballer. Notable examples from Arsenal are Jack Wilshere, but the good thing is he has pledged his future to Arsenal for long. But things are not going so well for Abou Diaby who is immensely talented but injuries haven’t allowed him to show his class at all.
Abou Diaby has admitted he thought about quitting football because of his chronic injury problems.
The Frenchman has been out of action since March 2013 with a knee injury and was recently involved in 45 minutes of football for the Arsenal under-21 side.
Arsene Wenger included the 28-year-old in the match day squad against West Brom on Sunday but Diaby wasn’t one of the three substitutes the Gunner boss made.
The midfielder told L’Equipe: “I would have loved to play 10 minutes this weekend. I was counting substitutions: one, two, and three. There was big desire. I am ready. Anyway I am already happy to have reached this point.”
Diaby has had a catalog of injuries which could all be a result of a horrific challenge by Dan Smith in Arsenal’s game with Sunderland in 2006 which fractured and dislocated the midfielder’s ankle.