Diaby: I considered retirement

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Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has admitted that his persistent injury problems forced him to consider retirement, but he has insisted that he is not a fragile footballer after suffering another setback.

The Frenchman's latest comeback lasted only 30 minutes last Saturday against Liverpool before he was forced to limp off.

Diaby had only played 26 minutes of football this season prior to his Anfield appearance, but this most recent injury is believed to be only a minor problem and the 25-year-old is expected to recover quickly.

The Gunners ace has suffered with a series of separate ankle injuries for the last 18 months, and Diaby admitted that the recurrent problem even prompted him to consider retirement at one stage.

Speaking to French media, Diaby said: "There have been times where I thought about stopping my career.

"You always ask yourself a lot of questions in those moments. It's hard mentally and I had to be strong but quickly I went back to a very positive attitude."

Diaby hopes to be able to return to the squad within 10 days and prove those who doubt his ability to stay healthy wrong. A swift return may even allow Diaby a chance to secure a place in France's Euro 2012 squad this summer.

He said: "A lot of things have been said and written about me and I wanted to tell the truth about my situation. People say that I'm fragile and although I understand why, I am not fragile."

Arsenal have been in fine form recently, beating Tottenham and Liverpool in the Premier League and almost completing a miraculous recovery against AC Milan in the Champions League.

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