Abou Diaby officially released by Arsenal: Gunners announce departure of injury-hit French midfielder

The 29-year-old made just one appearance for the club last season

James Orr
Wednesday 01 July 2015 15:38
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Abou Diaby is no longer an Arsenal player
Abou Diaby is no longer an Arsenal player

Abou Diaby has been officially released by Arsenal, ending his nine injury-hit years at the club.

A statement from Arsenal read: "A hugely talented midfielder, unfortunately his time at the club was interrupted by a number of serious injuries."

The French midfielder made just one appearance for the club last season, playing 67 minutes in the 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat by Southampton in September. He is now out of contract and it has not been renewed.

Back in November, Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger had denied suggestions that the 29-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."

In total, Diaby made only 124 Premier League appearances in his nine years at Arsenal, as he battled back injury after injury following on from his fractured ankle in 2006.

He played just 16 minutes out of a possible 6,840 in the Premier League since the start of the 2013/14 season.

Diaby could, of course, still be offered a pay-as-you play deal with the Gunners.

Ryo Miyaichi has also been released by the Gunners.

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