Frenchman Abou Diaby is keen to make up the lost time and is looking forward to getting back into the national team once again.
The midfielder didn’t feature in any game for his national team since June 2011 and was eventually dropped from the European Championships this year on the ground of fitness.
The 26-year-old who appeared only four times last season for the Gunners has started the present campaign brightly. Putting aside the past horrors of injury behind him, his performance against Liverpool earned elusive praises in the media and was even compared with Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira.
The injury-prone Diaby has played all the three matches for Arsenal this season and his box-to-box approach in 2-0 victory against Liverpool is suggestive of the fact that he is slowly getting back to old form and fitness.
“I know I now have to play my cards and I am fully aware of what people expect from me,” he told the reporters in a news conference at France’s training facility on Monday.
“It will be up to me to take my responsibilities,” added the Frenchman, who is all set to play for France again in Les Blues’ first World Cup qualifier in Finland on Friday.
“Last year, I barely played with my club, I missed the Euros. It weighed on me. Now I only see what’s ahead of me and I am going to try to make up for lost time.”
“I had a good preparation. We just played three games until now, but it’s getting better and better,” he said.
“I am not 100 percent fit yet because it has been a long time since I followed on with the matches but I definitely think I am on the right way.”
Diaby’s getting back to form is a major boost for Arsenal. If he can stay fit all season, his inclusion to the side will be seen like a new addition.
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