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Diaby parts ways with Gunners

Abou Diaby (l) in action against Red Bull Salzburg in a pre-season friendly last year. PHOTO/File

LONDON, July 1- Abou Diaby has brought an end to his injury-riddled career with Arsenal after the club announced his departure on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old midfielder, who suffered a series of long-term injuries during his nine-and-a-half seasons at the Emirates, had reached the end of his contract and was not offered an extension.

Diaby was signed from Auxerre in January 2006 and arrived in the English capital with much promise, but his debut campaign with the Gunners was cut short by a serious ankle injury, which ruled him out of action for eight months.

The former France international would suffer 39 separate injuries during his stay with the north Londoners and he managed just one appearance in each of his last two seasons for Arsene Wenger’s side.

Diaby, who played 180 times for the Gunners in all competitions and scored 19 goals, is followed through the exit door by academy quartet Jack Jebb, Austin Lipman, Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill and Josh Vickers.

A statement on the club’s official website read: “Arsenal would like to take this opportunity to thank Abou, Jack, Austin, Brandon and Josh for their contribution to the club and to wish them well for the future.”