Updates from Sunday, May 4
Updates from Friday, April 25
Abou Diaby has suffered yet another injury setback, Arsene Wenger confirmed on Friday.
The midfielder has been ruled out of Monday's clash between Arsenal and Newcastle:
Updates from Wednesday, April 23
Abou Diaby has taken a giant step toward an Arsenal return, completing 45 minutes for the Gunners' Under-21 side.
Arsenal's official Twitter reported:
Updates from Tuesday, April 15
Henry Winter of The Telegraph has the latest on Abou Diaby's status:
Wenger says Diaby back in full training on Thursday and Ozil available for the weekend. #afc— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) April 15, 2014
Updates from Friday, April 4
Abou Diaby, as expected, stepped up his bid for a return to first-team action with Arsenal at the beginning of April.
Arsene Wenger briefly confirmed to the Gunners' official website: "Diaby is back on the pitches, so that is good news."
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told reporters at Friday's pre-match press conference that he may have some good news concerning long-term injury absentee Abou Diaby.
The 27-year-old central midfielder has been sorely missed this season, but Issac Moore of Arsenal.com noted Wenger's comments on a possible comeback before the final game of the campaign:
Diaby is coming back now. He had a preparation in France, where he had his rehab, and will be back to full training on April 1.
Let's not forget he has not played for a year. I cannot predict now how much time it will take him to be competitive.
I cannot plan for him to play a role now in the coming games, but maybe I will have a good surprise when I see him.
Diaby himself, despite having his Arsenal career curtailed yet again by the injury problems that have blighted his career, remains positive.
In an interview with France Football via Alex Richards of the Daily Mirror, he said:
I will take stock with Arsenal medical staff early in April, but I hope to resume collective training sessions very soon.
I never had such a long break. I never had a knee injury and it is really weird. You can feel physically there is something different. But I learnt a lot from my injuries. I can keep things in perspective.
I work hard without asking questions. I work hard because I know in the end I will play again.
I am still a high level footballer in my mind, otherwise I would have given up. But I never think to give it up.
It's that sort of attitude that Arsenal fans want to see from their players right now.
Can Abou Diaby provide the steel that Arsenal's midfield are missing?
For all of his undoubted skill, questions have been asked of Mesut Ozil's commitment in the heart of the Gunners midfield.
No one can ever doubt that Diaby gives everything for the Arsenal cause, and that has probably contributed to the succession of injuries the Frenchman has been unfortunate enough to endure.
The World Cup in Brazil is likely to come too early for the player, and it's debatable after such a long time out of the game that Wenger will want Diaby rushed straight back in at such a high level of competition.
With next season therefore in mind as a comeback, the player has almost five months in which to attain the fitness and level that will see him slot straight back into a midfield that is in dire need of his skill set.
Yaya Toure has enjoyed a spectacular time at title rivals Manchester City, and Wenger will be aware that Diaby can bring precisely that languid but dynamic and powerful style of play to his team.
With the Premier League all but gone now, Arsenal fans can look forward to Diaby providing some bite again in the middle of the park next season.
It could be the key to finally unlocking Wenger's title dream.