Arsene Wenger compares Arsenal star to Abou Diaby

Kieran Gibbs

Arsene Wenger has compares Kieran Gibbs' mental strength to that of Abou Diaby.

It takes mental resilience as well as physical to bounce back from injuries, and Arsenal have a perfect example of that with Abou Diaby.

The Frenchman has not had a single season at the club in which he has not been troubled by injury, missing almost the entirety of 2014/15 barring one late substitute appearance.

Early in the career of Kieran Gibbs, it appeared the Englishman was heading the same way.

It has been a major contributing factor behind 25-year-old Gibbs only winning four England caps to date.

He featured against San Marino at Wembley last night, and Arsene Wenger is delighted he has been handed another chance.

He told Arsenal.com: "I like it and there's nobody more happy than me to see him [in the England team again].

“I always trusted Kieran Gibbs to have that in his locker and to see that he finally gets his chance again is great news for me. Everybody at the club thinks it's justice done that he's back in the national team."

It certainly seems like a great thrill for Wenger to see the young talent recognised at international level again, and he says it is all down to Gibbs' resilience, which he compares to that of Diaby.

"He has had very difficult days. There's nothing that tests your mental strength more than the repetition of injuries. We have a fierce example here, in Abou Diaby.

“Kieran has had his problems but he's recovered every time and I'm very happy for him."

For a young player like Gibbs, to see a player like Diaby fighting back time and time again, will have been an inspiration - although given the fact it has not got better for the French midfielder throughout his career, must by the same token be a worrying thought for players in similar situations.

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