Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has thanked former captain Robin van Persie for the support he provided during the former's painstaking recovery from injury.
Diaby has been jinxed with various setbacks during his time as a Gunner, and has suffered an incredible 18 injuries since breaking his ankle against Sunderland six years ago.
In Van Persie, however, Diaby could count on a colleague who has also endured his fair share of injuries before progressing into one of the finest strikers in the world.
And the France international has revealed that the since departed 29-year-old served as an inspiration as he fought desperately to return to action last season.
“Robin helped me last season," Diaby told The Mirror.
“We used to talk about my situation and what he had been through, and he would give me some advice.
“He would tell me to keep going and make sure I completed my treatment.
“It was helpful because he had the same experience as well.
“He got over his injuries, kept going and at the end he became one of the best players in the world. It shows me what can be done and it gives me inspiration.”
Diaby has featured prominently for Arsenal this term thanks to a sustained run of fitness, and has started in three of the Gunners' Premier League fixtures thus far.
Arsenal are still unbeaten in the league, and earned a deserved draw against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.