The France international and Arsenal midfielder is one of the unluckiest footballers in recent memory. He has got the sort of luck that would make it worth your while taking him to a casino, sitting him at the Roulette wheel and getting him to play red or black, so you could play the opposite and win.
It is easy to forget just how bad his injuries have been, because it seems constant, but this graphic by Talksport gives a shocking reminder of the number of different problems the 27-year old Frenchman has had to deal with. One part of the player that has never broken in all that time, however, is his spirit.
Diaby told Arsenal.com, “I’m always confident, because I know my level and I know that as soon as I’m fit I can play at a good level.
“I’m working back to my best level and beyond. I want to catch the train and bring something to the team. That’s my objective.”
Of course, all us Arsenal fans want the same thing, but how realistic is it? Well I do think he has a better chance now, mainly because he will not be as desperately needed when he does get fit. The excellent form of Aaron Ramsey, and the continued fitness of Jack Wilshere and his return to form, takes a whole lot of pressure off Wenger and the Arsenal midfield.
We also have Flamini and Ozil now to add to the options, so I think that Diaby could be eased back in. His problems before seem to have been made worse by having to play game after game before he has had time to recover properly. For his sake as well as the club’s, I hope I am proved right.