Abou Diaby: Arsene Wenger hints midfielder will not be offered new contract in the summer...so has he played final Arsenal game?

The French midfielder's current deal expires in the summer

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Abou Diaby could have played his last game for Arsenal, with manager Arsene Wenger hinting that the perennially-injured midfielder will not be offered a new contract in the summer, and is nowhere near full fitness.

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The Frenchman's deal contract expires at the end of the season. He has made just one appearance for the club this term, playing 67 minutes in the 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat by Southampton in September.

"At the moment he is not in a position where he will be able to play soon because he is not on the field at all," Wenger said.

"I will have have a decision to make about his contract, yes."

Back in November, Wenger had denied suggestions that the 28-year-old was injury prone, pointing to the fact that the player had fractured his ankle after a tackle from Sunderland's Dan Smith in 2006, and never truly recovered.

"He [Diaby] is a player that I have an enormous amount of respect for," explained Wenger.

 

"Every time he comes back, he has to start from zero with another injury. He was a victim of competition.

"A footballer needs his ankle. He was destroyed by a bad tackle [by Dan Smith in May 2006 that saw Diaby suffer a fractured ankle] at Sunderland six or seven years ago which altered his ankle.

"He is not a fragile player. He was the victim of an assassin's tackle that went unpunished."

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