Arsenal morning news: Diaby comeback and Giroud wants new deal

Giroud Celebrates

All the latest news and gossip from The Emirates this morning.

Abou Diaby has made his comeback for Arsenal - playing 45 minutes for the under-21 side at The Emirates yesterday. He featured for 45 minutes against Chelsea in a 2-1 defeat.

It was his first taste of match action in 402 days - after undergoing extensive treatment for a knee injury - the latest in a long line of serious injuries he has suffered throughout his career.

Wenger has revealed that Diaby may even play a part in their remaining games of the season as they chase fourth spot and an FA Cup final win.

Olivier Giroud has made it clear he plans to stay at the club and that Arsene Wenger should stay too.

The Frenchman has had a difficult couple of months with the Gunners - however he has made it clear he has no designs on an exit - despite rumours suggesting he has had enough in North London:

"I have a contract until 2016 and I'm an Arsenal player. I want to be here next season, at least that's my will. Why not? [sign a new deal]. Of course we all want him (Wenger) to continue the adventure. I'm sure that next season we can challenge for the title - I hope, right until the end [of the season] - and we need the coach. We need his experience. He must stay.”

Nacho Monreal has been speaking about his and the club’s season so far. The Spanish international, who has mostly played second fiddle to Kieran Gibbs in the left-back position this term, told Arsenal.com:

"The team started the season playing with great confidence and everyone performed at a great level. The fact that we topped the table for a while proved that we were doing a great job.

Unfortunately some factors such as injuries or not having been in the best possible form undermined us. The rest of the teams improved as the season went by and soon started to collect many points. It is true that we had a hard time. We didn’t play well against the best teams and we conceded many goals."

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