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I Was Ready to Quit Football: Arsenal Midfielder Abou Diaby Opens Up About Injury Nightmare

Gunners midfielder reveals his lowest moments.

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Injury plagued Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has admitted that the thought of quitting football had crossed his mind over the past year as he recuperated from a career threatening ankle problem, according to Inside Futbol.

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Diaby suffered a tear in his anterior cruciate ligament sustained in March 2013, and he has subsequently missed the past year while attempting to recover from the injury.

Since joining Arsenal in 2006, injuries have restricted Diaby to only 123 appearances in eight years for the Gunners. He was though back on the bench for Arsenal’s 1-0 win over West Brom on Sunday.

“This injury layoff was the longest of my career and when these things happen you wonder if you’ll be playing football again”, the Frenchman told L’Equipe

Diaby revealed that he spoke extensively about his desire to retire from the game with his family, but their support encouraged him to keep going and work towards a return.

“You think of giving up everything. I said, ‘That’s enough, I’m sick.’ I spoke with my parents, siblings and friends.

“Then one morning I woke up and I said that for now it is out of the question.”

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