Arsenal star considers shock retirement
Abou Diaby is set for some decision this summer.
The Frenchman is recovering from a knee injury he suffered almost a year ago, but Diaby is now considering the possibility of quitting the game according to reports from France.
Arsenal’s lanky midfielder made a bright start to last season, winning praises in the 2-0 win at Anfield in September 2012, but he soon went down with another injury problem and on his return to action in March last year, Diaby was forced to return to the sidelines again.
Indeed, that appearance against Swansea remains the former Auxerre man’s last show in Arsenal colours to date and if rumours on French radio are anything to go, Diaby’s final days may come sooner.
The Frenchman, who has suffered a staggering 35 different injuries during his time at Arsenal, is expected to decide on whether he can continue to manage the demands of professional football with his 28th birthday coming up in May.
If he were to retire, Diaby would have followed the footsteps of former West Ham striker Dean Ashton who called an early end to his career at just 26 years old following a niggling ankle problem.
With the severity of his knee injury requiring a slow and cautious return to fitness, Diaby, who will first need to participate in reserves games before joining up with the first team when fit again, is already likely to miss the rest of this season.
Since joining the club eight years ago in the 2006 January transfer window, the 27-year-old has made 178 appearances for the Gunners and found the net 19 times.