Arsenal release injury-plagued Abou Diaby
Published 10/06/2015 | 14:29
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.