Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly finally given up on injury-prone midfielder Abou Diaby, and has identified West Ham star Mohamed Diame as a possible candidate to replace him.

Wenger has been loyal to Diaby ever since his injury troubles began following a fractured and dislocated his ankle six years ago but, according to, the Gunners boss is ready to write-off the Frenchman and has outlined Diame as a target.

Diaby featured prominently in the Arsenal midfield at the start of the season but has not played for the Gunners since sustaining a thigh injury during the defeat to Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium in September.

It was a devastating blow for the 26-year-old, who had played only four times for Arsenal last season, and it would now seem his time as a Gunner may finally be coming towards an end.

A move for Diame could now reportedly be on the cards, with the West Ham midfielder's release clause a potentially an enticing prospect for Arsenal.

Diame, who signed for the Hammers on a free transfer, can reportedly leave Upton Park for just £3.5 million, although a serious looking hamstring injury sustained on Sunday may ruin the chances of a January move.

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