It remains to be seen whether the Arsenal fans will get to see anything of our injury ravaged French central midfielder in the Arsenal first team this season, but Abou Diaby is back, or on his way back to match fitness at least.
The 28-year old is in his 10th season at the club and the fact that he has only managed 180 appearances in all competitions despite being one of the most talented players to emerge in that position tells you all you need to know about his injury problems.
So it was great to see on the Arsenal website that the Frenchman joined Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Debuchy in a friendly game against Brentford yesterday. Diaby even set up our fourth goal for Alex Iwobi and played well before being replaced at half time.
Arteta and Wilshere, who produced a nice curling finish to open the scoring, were also rested, while Debuchy completed an hour. Great news for the Gunners and we might even see them on the bench for the Liverpool game on Saturday.
Diaby´s contract runs out this summer and with Ramsey, Wilshere, Coquelin, Flamini and Arteta to compete with, he will find it tough to get on the pitch but at least he has a good chance of beating his total of one appearance from last year. What are the chances of him getting a new deal?