Arsenal’s Abou Diaby not a fragile player, insists Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger insists Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby is not injury prone
Arsene Wenger has insisted that Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby is not injury prone.
The French midfielder made his first competitive start in over 18 months last month in the League Cup after his latest lengthy spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.
He was the victim of an assassin’s tackle that went unpunished
Last week, reports emerged suggesting the 28-year-old has suffered a fresh injury blow, claiming the defensive midfielder had torn his hamstring injury in training.
While Arsenal have denied the speculation, Wenger admitted Diaby has never been the same player since he fractured his ankle against Sunderland in 2006.
“He is a player that I have an enormous amount of respect for. Everytime he comes back, he has to start from zero with another injury. He was a victim of competition,” Wenger told beINSport.
“A footballer needs his ankle. He was destroyed by a bad tackle at Sunderland six or seven years ago which altered his ankle. He is not a fragile player. He was the victim of an assassin’s tackle that went unpunished.”
Diaby has made two appearances in the past two seasons, featuring against Southampton in the Capital One Cup earlier this season after a substitute appearance last term.