The long-suffering Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby was recalled to the French international team, despite only playing two full games for Arsenal in the last year, and he rewarded Didier Deschamps by scoring the only goal of the game as France kicked off their World Cup Qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win over Finland.
The 26 year-old revealed the long battle to fitness was no bed of roses: “I had some very difficult moments, some days when I was depressed, when it was tough, but even then I always kept faith.” he said.
“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.
“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.
“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 need to show what I can do on the pitch in the long term.”
“Last season, before the Fulham game, I was shaking on the bench because I was scared of getting injured again. It was incredible.
“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.”
A Man-Of-The-Match performance for Arsenal last weekend, and now a match-winning performance for France. Abou Diaby is well and truly back!