Abou Diaby is alive. Alive and kicking (a football)…or so he’ll have us believe.
The French international, who has seen his Arsenal career effectively put on hold by injuries for the last 18 months, recognises that he faces a make or break year at the Emirates and claims to have taken great heart from Arsene Wenger’s belief in his ability.
Speaking to Chinese Arsenal fans via a webchat while on tour in the country, the languidky (languid and lanky…see what we’ve done there) midfielder spoke warmly of the support he has received from the boss:
“That makes me feel confident – it is always nice to have the confidence of the manager.
“I’m fit now, I have been training since the beginning of pre-season and also did a rehabilitation session during my holidays – so now I feel great.
“I know that when I am fit, I can be good on the pitch. My main target this season is to be fit and if I am then everything will be good for me.”
“It is so important that I stay fit because last season I was injured many times and couldn’t play much, so this year is crucial.”
Given the injuries to Tomas Rosicky and Jack Wilshere, and the fact that Aaron Ramsey is taking part in the Olympics, a fully-fit Diaby could well earn himself a starting place alongside Alex Song and Mikel Arteta at the start of the season.
Now that really would be LANS…