What a truly tragic case Abou Diaby was.
From calf problems to thigh muscle strains, ankle complications to ruptured cruciate ligaments, poor fitness to groin straisn, there was genuinely no end to the suffering Diaby endured to milk a mere 200 appearances from his 13-year career.
The former Arsenal man was in north London to watch his old side face Lyon in the Emirates Cup at the weekend, and while the result wasn’t what he was looking for – with the Gunners squandering a one-goal lead – the fact that he made it through 90 minutes without incident at the Emirates Stadium made for a welcome change.
? “Hi guys this is Abou – I hope you’re good. I wish you a very good season.”
— Arsenal (@Arsenal) July 28, 2019
The man whose legs were made from poppadoms missed a total of 314 games before calling it quits in February, 2019 after a brief spell with Marseille back in France.
Diaby’s career left a lingering feeling of what could have been and it was a cruel reminder of the level of good fortune that is needed to succeed at the top level.
Arsenal will be hoping to kick off their Premier League campaign without injuries of their own when they face Steve Bruce’s Newcastle United side on 11 August.