Arsenal went into their final game of the season against West Bromwich Albion last weekend having on the bench one of their star midfielder back after more than one year since he was last seen in action.
Abou Diaby has admitted he thought about quitting football because of his chronic injury problems.
The Frenchman has been out of action since March 2013 with a knee injury and was recently involved in 45 minutes of football for the Arsenal under-21 side.
Arsene Wenger included the 28-year-old in the match day squad against West Brom on Sunday but Diaby wasn’t one of the three substitutes the Gunner boss made.
The midfielder told L’Equipe:
“I would have loved to play 10 minutes last weekend.
“I was counting substitutions: one, two, and three. There was big desire. I am ready. Anyway I am already happy to have reached this point.”
Diaby has had a catelog of injuries which could all be a result of a horrific challenge by Dan Smith in Arsenal’s game with Sunderland in 2006 which fractured and dislocated the midfielder’s ankle.
The Frenchman added:
“It has been the longest absence of my whole career. You ask yourself if you are still a football player.
“You think about giving up. I told myself: I am fed-up. I quit!
“I talked to my parents, brothers, sisters and friends. Then, one day I woke up: no, out of the question to quit.
“I am a believer and in my belief despair doesn’t exist. Moreover I am only 28-year-old. I still have five, six years remaining, maybe more.”
“My current objectives? Playing for the last Premier League day. And if my dark season could finish with a win in the Cup final, it would be wonderful.
“World Cup? There are two matches remaining, so you have to be realistic. But if I could be the 23rd player on the plane to Brazil… I am dreaming about that.” He concluded.