Related

Article

Diaby considered retirement

5 May 2014 14:14

Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has revealed he considered retirement during his lengthy recovery from a serious knee injury.

The Frenchman spent 13 months out of action with ruptured cruciate ligaments in his left knee, but was an unused substitute during Sunday's 1-0 win over West Brom.

It was his first appearance in a squad since suffering the injury in training last year and the 27-year-old revealed he had considered giving up the game as he questioned his ability to return.

However, with Diaby able to play a part in Arsenal's two remaining fixtures of the season, including the FA Cup final, the former Auxerre man is looking ahead to a positive campaign finale.

"You ask yourself whether you're going to still be a footballer," he explained to L'Equipe.

"You think of giving up everything. I said to myself: 'I'm sick of this! I'm quitting!' I spoke about it with my parents, my brothers, my sisters, my friends...then, I got up one morning (and said): 'No, out of the question!'

"I had to start from scratch. But given where I'd been, it didn't really matter. It's been tough because I've had a lot of injuries. I'm religious, and in my belief, despair doesn't exist.

"You must never give in. Also, I'm only 27, soon 28. I still have five or six years ahead of me, perhaps more.

"If my black season could end with a cup final victory, that would be marvellous."

Sponsored links

Monday 31 August

12:12
11:59
11:55
11:08
10:50
09:30
09:20
09:10
09:05
08:30
08:27
08:25
08:23
07:51
06:47
06:43
06:42
06:20
05:45
05:03
04:34
03:54
03:50
03:49
03:21
03:12
02:39
02:33
01:43
01:30
01:19
00:34

Sunday 30 August

23:55
23:44
23:00
22:46
22:36
21:57
21:25
21:24
20:50
20:36
20:03
19:47
19:37
19:35
19:06
18:57
18:53
18:37
18:02
17:57
17:28
17:01
16:58
16:33
16:26
16:11
15:47
15:14
14:32
14:10
14:05
13:32
12:55
11:19
10:06
08:33
07:16
06:37
05:20
04:19
03:01
02:17
02:14
01:56
01:01
00:22
00:02

Saturday 29 August

23:35
22:56
22:45
22:43
22:29
21:41
21:31
21:07
20:50
20:38
20:32
20:30
20:29
20:23
20:07
20:04
19:56
19:49
19:43
19:41
19:29
19:26
19:17
19:12
19:06
18:40
18:08
18:02
18:02
18:02
17:54
17:50
17:14
16:33
16:18
16:15
15:55
15:38
14:41
13:33
13:24
13:13
12:18
12:15
11:34
11:10
09:49
08:05
07:20
06:39
05:14
04:27
04:15
03:13
02:54
01:47
00:41
00:30
00:16

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
4 4 +3 8
5 4 +1 7
6 4 +0 7
7 4 -1 7
8 4 +3 6

Facebook