Diaby signs new Arsenal deal

France international midfielder Abou Diaby has signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, the Barclays Premier League club confirmed today.

The 23-year-old joined the Gunners from Auxerre in January 2006, and after recovering from a broken ankle at the end of that season, has since gone on to make 119 appearances.

Diaby has developed a good understanding with Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas in their new midfield formation this season, scoring six goals.

"This shows my long-term commitment to Arsenal and I am very happy here, which is why I am so pleased to extend my contract," said Diaby.

"It's a great thing for me and hopefully there will be some good years ahead for me here."

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger added: "Abou is a great player with huge presence on the football pitch and he has the potential to be an extremely influential part of Arsenal for many years to come."

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