Photo: Abou Diaby back in action for Arsenal, gets assist, fans react on Twitter

A rare sighting of Abou Diaby in an Arsenal shirt.

Injury prone midfielder Abou Diaby made a return to action for the Gunners in a reserve fixture against Brentford, the club's official website confirmed.

He was a surprise inclusion in the Arsenal XI, which also featured Jack Wilshere, Mathieu Debuchy, Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta, who are all coming back from various injuries.

Arsenal won the game 4-0 with two goals from Alex Iwobi, one from Wilshere and another from Dan Crowley.

Diaby started the game and played 45 minutes, and made an impact before his substitution, which was scheduled prior to kick off.

The Frenchman set up Alex Iwobi's first goal with an incisive pass, and his lay-off to Mathieu Flamini to shoot led to Jack Wilshere scoring the rebound.

Diaby has not played a single Premier League game this season due to a struggle to get fit, making his only appearance in the League Cup in a defeat to Southampton.

He is out of contract at the end of the season and has done little to justify being handed a new contract so far, but an injury free end to the season could yet sway manager Arsene Wenger into renewing his deal.

Here is a look at how fans reacted on Twitter to his comeback...

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