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Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby is feeling fantastic after a year interrupted by injury.

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Diaby, 24, only managed four league appearances for Arsenal last season, but has come back looking like the player Arsene Wenger hoped he would be.

"I have been injured for almost one year, so it was difficult," Diaby explained.

The midfielder's early form has seen him recalled by Didier Deschamps into the France squad for World Cup qualifiers with Finland and Belarus.

"Now I am back and I am very happy, and I hope it will go on. I feel better and better even if I am not at 100 per cent so far. I made a great pre-season preparation. With Arsenal I played every training session and every friendly. We played only three matches, but I am improving," Diaby said.

Diaby is hoping to maintain his fitness over the coming months, and have greater involvement in the national side.

"I have been often injured but I am not fragile," he said. "I just underwent a lot of serious injuries that provoked imbalances in my body. I know I have a great opportunity in the French team. I am aware of my responsibilities and I will take them on."

Bacary Sagna was quick to praise his club and international team-mate's return to action. "He has been amazing! He replied to those who questioned his ability to be back. He is not at his best so far. He will be better and better, and the day the little fear of relapse will disappear, he will be stronger. Abou is the best French midfielder."

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