Diaby expects extended run

Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby is confident he can finally put his injury nightmares behind him and start focusing on a successful career in north London.

The Frenchman has endured a tumultuous time with the Gunners, where various injuries have limited him to making less than 100 appearances during his nine years with the club.

Last term alone he managed just 16 minutes of game time before a cruciate ligament injury put him back in the infirmary, but, with Diaby having made his return to action during the current pre-season campaign, the midfielder is looking forward to what could be his first full season in years

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.”

post by Funsho Fagbure