This should be some sort of good news to die hard Arsenal fans as the man who knows the treatment room like the back of his hands, Abou Diaby, has finally found his way onto the football pitch.
The last time Abou Diaby set foot on a football pitch was against Swansea in a 2-0 win in March 2013. Diaby did not finish the game as he had to come off due to recurrence of a knee injury as the Gunners scrapped their way to finishing in their perennial fourth position.
The 27-year old has visited several specialists during this time and it seems his injury days are over. He was recently spotted training with the first team squad but Wenger stated that his man was not ready to play in the pace of the Premier League until he got some game time in arranged matches and with the junior league.
Such opportunity presented itself on Tuesday; the former Auxerre midfielder started the Arsenal Under-21s game against Chelsea and lasted the whole of first half without any complaints before being withdrawn as the club continues to ease him into shape. Arsenal’s junior team lost the game 2-1, scoring when Diaby was on the pitch and conceding both goals in absence in the second half.
French international Abou Diaby has always been imagined in the mould of Arsenal legend, Patrick Vieira but injuries have robbed him of wowing Arsenal faithful. His return would be a massive boost to the club’s top four fight with Everton and the midfielder himself still habours dreams of being in this summer’s World Cup in Brazil, but it remains to be seen if Wenger would still involve the Paris-born player who has featured in 123 games for Arsenal since joining the North London club in 2006.