Abou Diaby continues to struggle for fitness after Arsene Wenger has revealed that he is being left out of the matchday squad against Sunderland due to a calf strain.
Arsenal will be making the trip to the Stadium of Light looking to get their first Premier League win in three matches.
They have suffered two draws and one defeat since the 3-0 win over Aston Villa. Diaby has been a major injury worry for the gunners over the last few years. The Frenchman was once seen as the ideal replacement for Patrick Vieira, but injuries have limited him to just under 25 matches since the 2011-12 season.
This has sparked rumours of an early retirement, but the midfielder has been trying to make a comeback this campaign. It is seen as his make or break season. Despite his hard work, he looks set to miss out on yet another game after Wenger says that a calf strain means that he will not be involved in the Sunderland match. Even though he will be absent, Wenger is extremely happy with the work Diaby has done in order to get to this position. Any player would have given up and retired from football a long time ago according to the Frenchman.
“He is not in the squad because he has a small calf problem.He has little injuries at the moment, never anything bad, but he has been out for such a long time that when he plays it takes him [a long] time to recover. You wonder where Abou gets the strength back to come back and work harder and harder and harder.When you come in in the morning he’s already in the gym to prepare. He has done extremely well – you cannot fault his attitude at all.You can only admire him for that,” said Wenger.