Arsene Wenger has spoken out on Abou Diaby's bad luck, describing his injury misfortune so far in his career as 'sad'.
Diaby is still making his way back to the first team after a cruciate knee ligament injury suffered in March 2013, and despite a cameo appearance at the end of last season is not up to speed with the rest of the squad.
He came through an under-21 game last week, playing all 90 minutes and featured on the bench against Aston Villa at the weekend.
The Capital One Cup game against Southampton provides just the opportunity the Frenchman needs, and Arsene Wenger is hopeful the midfielder can bounce back.
He told SkySports: "He is a giant, mentally, to do what he has done. With the severe injuries he has had, he comes back every time and is dedicated.
"I am a huge believer in his quality and I am sad that he couldn't show it more. If there is some justice, the future will be much better for him."
For illustration of just how bad it has been for the on-off French international, a Mirror article details this is the 40th comeback of Diaby's career.
For a player who has so much to give, Wenger feels clearly this is a time at which Diaby deserves improved luck; he just needs Diaby's body to hold up.