Arsene Wenger: Abou Diaby can be a "major asset"

Arsenal's French manager Arsene Wenger gestures during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium in London on April 15, 2014
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Arsene Wenger thinks that Abou Diaby can be a "major asset" for the Gunners this season, should he manage to maintain his fitness.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger believes that Abou Diaby can be a "major asset" for his team - if the midfielder can maintain his fitness.

The energetic Diaby has been plagued with a series of injuries throughout his Gunners career, but the 28-year-old played 45 minutes against Boreham Wood in last weekend's pre-season friendly.

Wenger told the club's official website: "If you get a fit Diaby back, it will be a major asset for our team. At the moment we go step by step and he came through this game so that's very good news for us.

"You wish that he just gets through the game, which happened here - I'm very pleased with that."

Diaby lasted just 16 minutes in his one and only Premier League appearance last season.

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