Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is open to extending Abou Diaby’s contract if he can prove that he is fully fit and ready to fill the anchorman role at the club, Metro reports.
The 28-year-old has spent more time on the operating table than making appearances due to his proneness to injury and has only featured once this season in the Capitol One Cup after being out since March of 2013.
His latest injury which caused him to miss most of the previous year was due to a anterior cruciate ligament tear, but could still have a career with Arsenal after Wenger stated that he needs to overcome his injury problems.
“Diaby hasn’t a mental problem, but a problem of injury. He is a player for whom I have great respect. Whenever he returns, he is injured and he goes from zero. He was destroyed by a bad tackle,” Wenger said.
“The football player needs mobility of his ankle. When your ankle mobility is restricted, you compensate with something else.
“He suffered from a very bad tackle in Sunderland six or seven years ago. He was the victim of an assassin’s tackle that was never punished. It has restricted the mobility of his ankle.
“If he comes back, I will keep him. I always believed in him. In football, the most important thing is health.”