Abou Diaby may now be a Marseille player but he’s still sparing afterthoughts for his old club Arsenal, having tweeted his thanks to Gunners fans for sticking by him during his years in north London.
The French midfielder can claim to being possibly the most unfortunate of all of Arsene Wenger’s signings, having toiled to little avail over the course of his Arsenal career, often battling severe injuries.
Wenger himself is often quick to laud Diaby as always having had much potential, but it’s of little use to have ability when your body is essentially failing itself time and again.
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That’s a frustration Diaby will be all too familiar with, having endured over 40 injuries during his nine years working under Wenger.
The 29-year-old was finally released by Arsenal when it became apparent he might never win his battle against staying off the injury table, and has today confirmed he has found a new club.
Diaby rejected West Brom
It’s Ligue 1 outfit Marseille who have taken a relative gamble on the man who was once hailed as the ‘new Patrick Vieira’, with the midfielder having rejected the chance to move to Premier League side West Brom in order to put pen to paper at the Stade Velodrome.
Reports last week indicated that Diaby was having a medical with Tony Pulis’ side, with many Arsenal fans coming to terms with the fact that the midfielder might well be playing against most of his old teammates next season.
That wasn’t to be though, and now the former Auxerre man has returned to France nine years after leaving.
Naturally his absence from the Gunners fold won’t be causing too much chaos ahead of the new season.
Not only did Diaby rarely get the chance to play for Wenger’s side in recent years, but he may have had a hard time breaking into the current starting XI anyway.
The likes of Jack Wilshere, Francis Coquelin, Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla will battle for the central positions in Wenger’s setup, and that’s without taking into account Mikel Arteta, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, the latter two of whom traditionally play further forward but can also operate in a deeper role.
Arsenal fans, what do you think of Diaby? Could he have been the next Vieira? Would he have made the difference if always fit for Wenger? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below.