Thursday 17 August 2017

Arsenal release injury-plagued Abou Diaby

Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby (left) - pictured with former teammate Thierry Henry after the friendly match between Arsenal and the New York Red Bulls last summer
Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby (left) - pictured with former teammate Thierry Henry after the friendly match between Arsenal and the New York Red Bulls last summer

Abou Diaby's nine-year career at Arsenal appears to be at an end after being released by the club.

The French midfielder made just one appearance for the Gunners this season in the 2-1 Captial One Cup defeat to Southampton last September.

Arsene Wenger claimed last November that Diaby had never recovered from the ankle injury he suffered in a tackle by Sunderland's Dan Smith in 2006.

"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."

Ryo Miyaichi has also been released by the Gunners.

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