Wenger, though, has said that he “will keep him” if Diaby can return to full match fitness and knows that he faces a major decision this summer.

Mathieu Debuchy and Mikel Arteta exit the London Colney changing room

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The 28-year-old former France international has suffered numerous injuries over recent seasons but Wenger has never wavered in his support and still hopes that such a promising career can end well.

Wilshere scored after only seven minutes of Tuesday’s Under-21 match before providing an assist for Daniel Crowley. Mathieu Flamini also played 66 minutes before being substituted.. Debuchy, though, lasted an hour and could come straight into the squad to offer added defensive back-up.

Diaby’s injuries have almost always stemmed from attempting to compensate for a lack of mobility in one ankle and he has played only 16 league games during the past four seasons. Alex Iwobi then scored twice to put Arsenal 4-0 ahead by half-time.

While the returns of Wilshere, Arteta and Debuchy should directly boost the club’s hopes of retaining the FA Cup and even challenging Manchester City and Chelsea at the top of the Premier League, the situation surrounding Diaby is arguably even more intriguing.

One solution might be some sort of pay-as-you-play arrangement although much will now depend on the next two months.

Diaby, Wilshere and Arteta all played only 45 minutes against Brentford today, suggesting that they are not in serious contention to face Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday

Morgan Douglas

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