Gunners ace confesses he came close to quitting the Emirates.
Unlucky Arsenal star Abou Diaby has admitted that he came close to calling time on his career last season, but is now back and on a mission to resurrect his career, according to the Daily Mirror.
The France international missed the majority of the previous campaign with a knee ligament injury and gave serious consideration to giving up the game.
Diaby’s latest injury was the 37th that he sustained whilst at the club, and some have been so bad that he has been reduced to playing just 1,000 minutes of action over the past three seasons.
However, he returned to action on his 28th birthday with a 16-minute substitute appearance at the end of last season and now has new targets to resurrect his career.
But the France international admitted that the road to recovery was a difficult one, and when asked if he thought about giving up he replied; “Yeah. Sometimes it crossed my mind, but my love of football is so big that I just couldn’t quit.
“I am still young and now that I have an opportunity to play again I want to take it. I try to be positive all the time and that has helped me to come back.
“It’s great to be playing again and it’s a good feeling. I am just happy to be back and playing. Now I just hope I can keep like this and continue playing.
“My knee is feeling good, I have been working hard on my fitness and strength.”
Diaby featured in the club’s defeat to New York Red Bulls at the weekend and is now en route to Austria with the rest of the squad to take part in their pre-season tour.
The midfielder will also be playing for his future as his current deal expires at the end of the season.