Diaby to be released by Arsenal

The Frenchman’s deal expires at the end of the month and it is understood that he will not be offered an extension, meaning his nine-year stay at the club is set to end


Abou Diaby will be released upon the expiration of his contract at Arsenal at the end of June, Goal understands.

The Frenchman has been beset by injury problems throughout his career and his nine-year stay at the club will come to an end when his current deal expires.

Diaby joined the Gunners from Auxerre in 2006 but his career has stalled due to numerous injury lay-offs, and he has made just two competitive appearances for the club in the last two seasons.

Arsene Wenger hinted in April that he was considering offering Diaby a pay-as-you-play deal, opening the possibility of the midfielder negotiating a new contract before his current deal runs out, but it appears as though his stay at Arsenal is over.

“By me, yes [a decision has been taken]. I had a chat with him and told him how I can envisage the future. He has to make a decision,” Wenger said at the time.

“Of course he understands completely that he has to perform and to show that he can be present in a consistent way.

“I will see where we go from there. I wouldn’t like to go into details, we have to meet again to see where we go from what I told him. It has to be linked a little bit with his presence.”

Ryo Miyaichi joins Diaby on the list of players who are to be released after four years at the club.

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