Ex-Arsenal international midfielder confirms transfer to French giants (Twitter)

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Olympique de Marseille have confirmed the signing of ex-Arsenal star Abou Diaby.

The 29-year-old was finally released by the Gunners at the end of the season, having had his career in North London completely devastated by injury.

It appears as though Arsene Wenger finally gave up hope that the France international would ever rediscover his previous lustre, and opted to sever ties with the former Auxerre man.

Since moving to the Gunners in 2006, Diaby won two FA Cups and the 2014 Charity Shield with the North Londoners, but he has struggled to enjoy regular game time over recent campaigns.

He hasn’t made more than 16 league outings in a season since 2010, and has managed only one Premier League showing in the last two seasons.

He now returns to France, where L’Equipe report that Marseille have completed the midfielder’s signing, having come to an agreement on Tuesday evening.

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Diaby arrives at one of the genuine giants of the French game, but he joins a side in transition; Marcelo Bielsa’s outfit missed out on Champions League qualification last term, and have since lost many of their key players.

Andre Ayew, Andre-Pierre Gignac, Dimitri Payet and Giannelli Imbula have all departed, while former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Lassana Diarra is the only notable arrival [ESPN], although he too has moved to the Stade Velodrome on a free transfer—an indication of the club’s reduced spending power.

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