Diaby hopeful of first team return

Injured Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has said that he has no thoughts of retiring, according to the Daily Star.

The France international has been side-lined since picking up a serious knee injury last March, and that was the latest in a long line of serious problems that have blighted his time in North London.

He has started just twenty-three league games over the past four seasons, but remains confident that he can return to first team action before too long, and even hasn’t ruled out the possibility of forcing his way into Didier Deschamp’s World Cup squad in the summer.

Meanwhile, fellow Gunners midfielders Santi Cazorla, Aaron Ramsey and Gedion Zelalem have all put pen to paper on new deals with the club, the Express understands.

Cazorla and Ramsey’s, despite the latter having been out injured since Boxing Day, has seen them extend their contract’s to 2017 and 2018 respectively while Zelalem has signed his first professional deal two months after making his first team debut in the 4-0 FA Cup fourth round victory against Coventry City.

The news comes just two weeks after it was announced that Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky had pledged their immediate future to the clubs.

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