Diaby making fresh start
Midfielder feeling confident from the backing of Wenger
Last Updated: July 27, 2012 9:41am
Abou Diaby: The midfielder is expected to face Manchester City on Friday afternoon
Abou Diaby knows he is at a decisive stage in his career as he bids to put his injury problems behind him.
The 26-year-old made just five first-team appearances last season due to a fitness nightmare but he is being offered a fresh chance by manager Arsene Wenger.
Arsenal's boss has praised Diaby as he has played a full part in pre-season and the France international is expected to play against Manchester City in Asia on Friday afternoon.
The midfielder said of Wenger's backing: "That makes me feel confident. It is always nice to have the confidence of the manager.
"I'm fit now. I have been training since the beginning of pre-season and also did a rehabilitation session during my holidays, so now I feel great."
He added: "It is definitely important. I need to be fit to complete the season, so this is a crucial time."