The midfielder spent ten years at Arsenal but his career was curtailed by injuries.
When Arsenal fans think of Abou Diaby, the Ballon d'Or is probably something that does not come to mind.
The midfielder spent a decade at the Emirates but managed just 180 appearances in that time as injuries curtailed his career.
It was a sad affair in truth, with the Frenchman having been considered the heir apparent to Patrick Vieira in the Gunners midfield.
They are problems he has failed to overcome since departing too, with his move to Marseille having also been plagued by injuries.
Arsenal's Abou Diaby and Birmingham's Alexander Hleb
Diaby certainly thinks things could have been different, revealing just how far he thinks he could have gone to France Football.
'I have no limits. Once upon a time, people would ask me about the Ballon d'Or,” he told France Football.
“I told them I dreamt about it. I have always had big ambitions, like to become one of the best in my position. I think that I had the potential to achieve that.”
Abou Diaby - Arsenal receives treatment after picking up an injury in a challenge as team mates look on
Diaby’s comments are sure to raise some eyebrows at the Emirates, while others will simply be sad that injuries did end up curtailing his Gunners career.
Now, he will simply be focused on trying to overcome his injury problems and enjoy some sort of career in the coming years.
He has managed just two appearances in Ligue 1 this season and is currently side-lined with an ankle injury and will be hoping his time in France does not end as disappointingly as his time in England.
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