Arsenal have a track record of injury-prone players.
Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott have seen more than their fair share of the Gunners’ medical staff, but one player stands head and shoulders above the rest when it comes to minutes on the sidelines.
When Abou Diaby broke into Arsenal’s first team, he looked as though he could have been the successor to Patrick Vieira.
The Frenchman had tidy feet, a decent passing range and was a powerful presence in Arsene Wenger’s midfield.
But his nine-season stay in North London would be seriously hampered by a series of injuries.
Although he played 125 Premier League games for Arsenal, he only averaged 14 games per season, suffering an incredible 40 separate injuries. Some even wiped him out for entire seasons.
Eventually Arsenal let the stricken midfielder go, having spent a staggering 2,156 days on the sidelines.
Just let that sink in for a minute. That’s almost SIX YEARS on the sidelines at the Emirates.
Is there a more injury-prone player in Premier League history?