It's now or never for my Arsenal career, admits Diaby after years wasted through injury

By Sportsmail Reporter

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Abou Diaby is out to make up for lost time by driving Arsenal towards Barclays Premier League success.

The 26-year-old has impressed at the heart of the Gunners midfield during their first unbeaten three matches of the new campaign, having seen his progress during the 2011-12 season blighted by injury problems.

France international Diaby is now eager to gain as much playing time as possible, but admits that he must now prove his potential after several years wasted on the treatment table.

Try using your foot, Abou: Arsenal midfielder Diaby training with France

Try using your foot, Abou: Arsenal midfielder Diaby training with France

Diaby told Le Parisien: 'I had some very difficult moments, some days when I was depressed when it was tough, but even then, I always kept faith.

'I always told myself that some people were in a worse position than me.

'I am 26 and I am aware that I am at a key moment in my career, that is why it was so important that I came back this season.

Frustration: Diaby has endured several years as a regular on the treatment table

Frustration: Diaby has endured several years as a regular on the treatment table

 

'Now, I am careful about every detail, I leave nothing to chance. I am much more mature. I also had a full pre-season for the first time in ages.'

Diaby added: 'It is such an important season for me that I am working harder than ever to succeed.

'I want to prove to myself that I can go higher.

'I am getting to an age and to a time in my career where I need to show what I can do on the pitch in the long term.'

Diaby's return to full fitness saw him called up to France's squad for World Cup qualifiers against Finland and Belarus, alongside Arsenal team-mates Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny.

The powerful midfielder admitted there was a point where the constant injury setbacks started to play on his mind.

Mes amis: Diaby (centre) with team-mates (from left) Rio Mavuba, Yohan Cabaye, Anthony Reveillere, Karim Benzema, Adil Rami and Hugo Lloris in Clairefontaine

Mes amis: Diaby (centre) with team-mates (from left) Rio Mavuba, Yohan Cabaye, Anthony Reveillere, Karim Benzema, Adil Rami and Hugo Lloris in Clairefontaine

He said: 'Last season, before the Fulham game, I was shaking on the bench because I was scared of getting injured again. It was incredible.

'All I wanted was to play again. I am born with a strong temper. I never give up. Maybe some people would have given up in my position, but it was out of the question for me.

'It was my destiny, it was written (to come back). I had to fight to put an end to all those injuries and to be able to express myself on a pitch again.'

 

 

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Diaby is a fantastic player he played brilliantly this season so far....he needs to stay injury free and BOOM!!! he will show the potential he has got...COYG

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Only 26 and can only get better if he stays injury free. This is the type of player Arsenal should make every effort to hold on to as there has never been a replacement for Viera.

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Diaby has always had the ability, there is no one quite like him, the nearest comparison is Ya YA Toure but his poor injury record has prevented him from fulfilling his promise ,until now. I remember the match at Newcastle where Arsenal were winning 4-0 he was outstanding, running the show, he was then sent off and Arsenal drew 4-4 . That's how influential he can be. So far, this season, he has been injury free and his influence has been considerable even though he is still not at his best, his tackling not sharp enough and he lacks a bit of aggression which is natural considering his injury record because he is still feeling his way and lacks a bit of confidence. If he carries on being free of injuries these problems will disappear and we will then see what a fine player he is. It is possible that Song will not be missed as much as we think.

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Diaby has always had the ability, there is no one quite like him, the nearest comparison is Ya YA Toure but his poor injury record has prevented him from fulfilling his promise ,until now. I remember the match at Newcastle where Arsenal were winning 4-0 he was outstanding, running the show, he was then sent off and Arsenal drew 4-4 . That's how influential he can be. So far, this season, he has been injury free and his influence has been considerable even though he is still not at his best, his tackling not sharp enough and he lacks a bit of aggression which is natural considering his injury record because he is still feeling his way and lacks a bit of confidence. If he carries on being free of injuries these problems will disappear and we will then see what a fine player he is. It is possible that Song will not be missed as much as we think.

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He'll leave in a season or two once Manchester City start looking at him, unless Arsenal start winning trophies.

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Van persie such an ungrateful lout turned out. Arsene paid his wages for doing nothing for almost 7 yrs and turned him away from d destructive path he was walking into, and d next min he is fit, he is off wearing that annoying red jersey. Same script here but I see a different ending as diaby would rather die trying to fit into Viera's boots than walk away. You know a lout by his antecedents. GO back on RVP and Diaby the difference is clear.

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The guy is a classy chap. I remember when the Emirates booed him off the pitch as he came on as a sub and then was substituted 30 minutes later. He never reacted. Wenger loves the guy as well. He deserves a bit of luck with his injuries. - Dara Mac, London, 7/9/2012 21:56 Er, I think that might've been Eboue actually.

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Diaby has started to show everyone what a superb player he is. If, by chance he can remain injury free he'll be a regular in AWs team that's for sure. Like Song he has good strength and height but he has much more. His short and long range passing is excellent and he has more tricks than Derren Brown!!!.. I liked him most when he kick John Terry in the head. Bet they all thanked him for that.

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If arsenal dont have major injuries this season, i see them winning the league.

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Just stay fit !!!!

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