Abou Diaby could join West Brom after being released by Arsenal

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Abou Diaby is now a free agent after his deal with Arsenal expired this summer, and the 29-year-old is reportedly in talks with West Brom.

The Daily Mirror report that the player has generated interest from the Baggies. Understandably, Tony Pulis is ready to offer Diaby a short-term contract based on appearances. 

The player himself is eager to sign a more permanent contract, but has acknowledged that he must convince Pulis with fitness before penning the deal.


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The French midfielder suffered over 40 injuries during his time at the Emirates Stadium - resulting in Arsene Wenger pulling the plug on his contract. After only appearing once for Arsenal last season, it is no surprise the Gunner's let him go on a free transfer. 

Pulis reportedly told the Telegraph that the medical team at West Brom could give the player the support that he needs. Whether Diaby is convinced by this is another question - you would imagine the Gunners' medical team is pretty spot on when it comes to dealing with injuries.

The American Dream?

Like many free agents of the Premier League, the Frenchman could also end up moving to the United States. This could be well suited to the player, who may enjoy the less-pressured environment of the MLS. 

Believe it or not - the MLS isn't just a league for ageing European stars. In 2013, at the age of 28 Bradley Wright-Phillips moved from Charlton to New York Red bulls. You could say it turned his career around.

In his 56 games so far, the Englishman has scored 36 times, a huge improvement from his previous form. Diaby should be encouraged by this - just because his spell at Arsenal came to an end, doesn't mean his career hasn't got a long way to go.

All in all Diaby is a tremendous talent. Many at Arsenal still believe he could fulfill the potential he promised when he signed in 2006 from Auxerre. I for one hope he can maintain his fitness prove he can still play at the top level - wherever he goes.

Arsenal fans, do you wish Wenger had kept hold of Diaby? Is he reliable enough? Let us know in the comments box below. 

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