Has there ever been a sadder footballing tale than that of Abou Diaby? The midfielder was limited to 180 appearances in 10 years at Arsenal following a catalogue of injuries and numerous failed comebacks.
My dad always shouts angrily that the tragedy of Marco Van Basten retiring at age 26 due to an ankle injury was the superior story.
But Diaby's career - or shall we say lack of it - will possibly enter footballing folklore as one of the most tragic and injury plagued. Even more so than Darren Anderton.
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Now Diaby has put his English nightmare behind him as he returns to his home country by signing for Marseille despite reported interest from West Brom.
The 29 year old defied all logic by somehow completing a medical and now all the football world is hoping the midfielder can finally rediscover some of the form which had him tipped as a potential successor to the legendary Patrick Vieira.
If you cast your minds back to the start of the 2012/13 season it seemed Diaby had once again found his form in an Arsenal shirt.
He was one of the finest players on the pitch as Arsenal rescued a 1-1 draw at the Ethiad, before a man of the match performance at Anfield in a 2-0 win for Arsenal - which was sadly the last time he completed 90 minutes for the club.
He was always a player with the potential to be special, Arsene Wenger himself has often said of how talented of a player Diaby was and how sad he was that he was unable to utilise the attributes he had, which when you look back at it could have been a vital asset to Arsenal.
It seems unlikely now that Diaby will ever become the player he was supposed to but a move to Ligue 1 with its less physical style could be just what Diaby is looking for.
If the injuries begin to cease then it might be the case that the name Abou Diaby may be re-appearing on our European footballing radars once again, let's hope so.
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