Abou Diaby was a player with great potential when he joined Arsenal back in 2006 at the tender age of 20.
Reportedly snapped away from London rivals Chelsea, Diaby was supposed to be a player in the mould of, and an eventual replacement for, Patrick Vieira. Diaby, however, hasn't enjoyed the same success at Arsenal that his hero Vieira did. A player with undoubted promise and, when fit, clear technical quality, Diaby has always impressed when played. But that's the problem, he rarely does.
Sightings of Diaby can be seen as somewhat mythical as a career that has been plagued by injury has seen him feature only 15 times since 2011. A glimpse of the player in a handful of games each season has been nostalgic for fans as they look on to a career of what could have been.
But in a shock revelation, according to The Guardian, it appears that Diaby has been tossed another life line by the Gunners as Arsene Wenger has revealed the former France International could be offered a new contract by the club.
Diaby, who must feel his chances are running out, has recently been spotted training with the reserves, as he has been recovering from that broken ankle that he suffered in 2006. The player is hoping that he can make up for lost time and find himself in an Arsenal shirt once again soon.
Diaby played 45 minutes in a reserve friendly on Tuesday but has featured just once this season. His appearance against Southampton in the Capital One Cup has been one of 22 in the past four campaigns. And yet Wenger, speaking in an interview, has hinted that the 28-year-old still has something to offer to the north London side.
"He has to make a decision. Of course he understands completely that he has to perform and to show that he can be present on a consistent way," he said.
“I had a chat with him and told him how I can envisage the future.”
However Wenger has opted to give little away on the theory that the player will definitely be given a new contract and, as ever, has left the issue up for discussion as Diaby's contract is set to expire in 2016.
"I wouldn’t like to go into details, we have to meet again to see where we go from what I told him."
It appears for the time being that the future of what was a creative and hard working midfielder lies within the recovery and mentality of the player, who is hoping to finally put an end to the 'sick note' label he has become accustomed to.
What is certainly up for debate however, is whether or not the player can make a full recovery and answer Arsenal's prayer of a tireless box-to-box midfield model who can tie up their midfield nicely. If Diaby is to make a full recovery, it could prove to be a slightly quieter summer transfer window for Wenger than previously anticipated.
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