Arsenal boss Wenger has faith in Diaby

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes Abou Diaby still has plenty to offer the club as the midfielder again makes his comeback from injury, Sky Sports has reported.

Diaby has had an injury-wrecked few years, averaging around 10 games per season over the last four campaigns, and missed a year’s worth of football last season due to an anterior cruciate ligament tear.

Wenger is expected to name the France international in the side to play Southampton in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup tie and called for Diaby to be respected for what he has achieved in coming back from so many long-term injuries.

“He deserves a lot of respect,” Wenger said. “He is a giant, mentally, to do what he has done. With the severe injuries he has had, he comes back every time and is dedicated.

“Diaby played 90 minutes at Villa Park for the Under-21s last week. He was with us at Villa Park again on Saturday and he will play against Southampton on Tuesday,” the manager continued. “I am a huge believer in his quality and I am sad that he couldn’t show it more. If there is some justice, the future will be much better for him.”

The 28-year-old moved to Arsenal from Auxerre in the 2005-06 season and has made 179 appearances for the Gunners, scoring 19 goals. His best season in terms of appearances came in 2009-10, when Diaby played 40 times. He also has 16 caps for his country, the last of which came in 2012-13.

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