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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger hails strength of Abou Diaby ahead of injury return

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed the strength of character in Abou Diaby following his latest comeback from serious injury.

The 28-year-old France midfielder has been dogged with injuries his entire career and has made just 41 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners over the last four seasons.

He most recently tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, leaving him sidelined for over a year, and made his comeback on the final day of last season.

Diaby is set to make his first appearance of the current campaign in Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup clash at home to Southampton and Wenger said: “He deserves a lot of respect.

"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.


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