Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has declared that he is over the emotional heartache of suffering another long-term injury last season, with his primary focus now on recovering to help the Gunners fight for trophies this season.
Diaby's seven-year spell in North London has been blighted by a long list of persistent injury problems, the latest of which saw the French international suffer cruciate knee ligament damage in March.
The 27-year-old briefly showed glimpses of his talent last season before suffering that fresh setback, including strong performances for Arsenal away from against Liverpool and Manchester City in the opening weeks of the campaign.
Those encouraging signs saw Diaby earn an international recall for Les Blues last year, but the enforcer's injury cause came back to haunt him once more, restricting the midfielder to 16 appearances for club and country last season before knee surgery.
After spending two months undergoing rehabilitation on his knee Diaby returned to Arsenal's London Colney training ground last week, with the Frenchman insisting he wants to repay the faith of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger by returning to something like his best during the current campaign.
He told the club's official website: "I'm always confident because I know my ability and I know that as soon as I'm fit I can play at a good level. I always keep those references in my mind and I work every day to reach that level.
"It was very frustrating because I did a lot of work to become fully fit last season and I wanted to play a full season. Unfortunately, two injuries kept me away from the pitch. Emotionally it wasn't good because you think in a bad way but I had the support of my friends, family and the people at the Club and that gave me a lot of hope.
"I'm working back to my best level and beyond. I want to catch the train and bring something to the team. That's my objective."
Diaby has played 178 times for the Gunners since signing from Auxerre in January 2006, with the midfielder managing 40 appearances in all competitions in the 2009-10 campaign.
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