Arsenal fans agree injury ruined Abou Diaby’s tragic career worse than any other

Arsenal fans are in agreement about one player who could have made the difference for the Gunners if they weren't blighted by injuries.

The north London side have had several key central midfielders over the past 15 years but one thing in common is they have all spent serious time on the sidelines through injury.

The likes of Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Abou Diaby were all expected to help return Arsenal to the glory days.

But the contributions of all four were significantly hampered through spending vast amounts of time on the treatment table.

Yet from the gifted quartet, there is one player Arsenal fans have all agreed would have benefitted the Gunners more than the others – Abou Diaby.

A gifted midfielder compared to predecessor Patrick Vieira, Diaby was seen as the club's next great defensive midfielder when signed by Arsene Wenger in January 2006.

But the Frenchman suffered a severe ankle fracture just five months into his Gunners career and had to undergo three surgeries on his ankle followed by an eight-month rehabilitation spell.

Constant thigh injuries and groin strains ensured Diaby was never a prominent figure for Arsenal and the writing was on the wall when he missed 61 matches due to a cruciate ligament rupture in March 2013.

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Despite his limited game time, Diaby has clearly left a lasting impression on the Gunners faithful.

Several fans have taken to Twitter in defence of the 35-year-old when asked: if there was one player you could pick to stay injury-free throughout his whole Arsenal career, which player are you choosing?

"Diaby. He could of been the new Vieira maybe better. He had it all for a CDM," replied one fan.

"Diaby and I’m afraid it’s not close," stated another.

"ONE MILLION Percent Abou Diaby," said one supporter. "This guy's potential was insane. Injuries robbed us of potentially having an Arsenal legend."

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