“It is so important that I stay fit,” Arsenal midfielder Diaby speaks aboout the new season

by ‘Ifreke Inyang

Abou Diaby has expressed his delight at the vote of confidence from his manager. Earlier this week, Arsene Wenger spoke highly of the 26-year-old’s exceptional talent and insisted that “he is the first player who would be on the France team sheet in midfield when fit”.

“That makes me feel confident – it is always nice to have the confidence of the manager,” Diaby told a webchat with Chinese fans hosted by Arsenal.qq.com. “I’m fit now, I have been training since the beginning of pre-season and also did a rehabilitation session during my holidays – so now I feel great.

“I know that when I am fit, I can be good on the pitch. My main target this season is to be fit and if I am then everything will be good for me.”

However, the challenge for the former Auxerre prodigy, is to prove to Wenger during this pre-season, that his injury-stricken days are well behind him.

“It is definitely important – I need to be fit in order to complete the whole season,” he admitted. “It is so important that I stay fit because last season I was injured many times and couldn’t play much, so this year is crucial.”

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