Abou Diaby believes that his improved health this season is down to the fact he has learnt to manage his body better.

Injuries restricted the France international to just 17 starts for Arsenal over the course of the previous two seasons, but he has made 14 this term.

The 26-year-old has been pleased with his impact, despite a lengthy absence before Christmas with a thigh injury, and is optimistic about the future.

I have tried to look after myself a lot this season by having good treatment, a good recovery [period] and all the things that make a player better

“I am very happy to have made this number of starts,” Diaby told Arsenal Player. “I got injured for three months, which is a large part of the season, but even so I have still made 14 starts, which is really good. We also have nine games to go, so I will get to 16 or 17 or more, which is good.

“I have tried to look after myself a lot this season by having good treatment, a good recovery [period] and all the things that make a player better.

“I have improved my diet a lot, my lifestyle has always been OK because I don't go out too much and have always been a guy who stays at home and rests. I do all the exercises I need to improve my strength and my muscle weaknesses.

“I am still young and I know that I have many years left at the top level. I just need to look after myself every day and everything will be OK.”

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Rob Kelly 22 Mar 2013