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Report: Arsenal set to release injury-prone Abou Diaby at the end of the season

After appearing in just 180 games in nine years at Arsenal, the injury prone midfielder could be released by the club in the summer

Arsenal release Abou Diaby
Arsenal could release injury-prone Abou Diaby at the end of the season

According to a report in Daily Mail, Arsenal are all set to release Abou Diaby at the end of the season when his contract expires. The French midfielder has been at the club since 2006 but has only played 180 games in nine years in North London – an average of less than 19 games a season. 

In the past two seasons alone, he has managed just two appearances – one in each season. A victim of a number of injuries which have plagued him ever since 2006 has left the club no choice but to finally release the 28-year-old.

A tall midfielder with both power and dribbling skills, he was initially compared to Patrick Vieira but in a more attacking sense. But it all started to go downhill when Diaby was the victim of a horror tackle from Sunderland’s Dan Smith on 1 May 2006. 

Wenger wanted to keep Diaby if his fitness improved

Having suffered a number of injuries during his Arsenal career ranging from ankle, calf and hamstring injuries, Diaby never got a good run of games under his belt. Arsene Wenger always believed in him and even offered to give him a new contract if his fitness levels improved. 

“If he comes back, I will keep him. I always believed in him. In football, the most important thing is health.” – Wenger in November 2014

Even Patrick Vieira had revealed that Diaby had the potential to be a better player than him if he was 100% fit. 

“If he could have improved constantly, he would have reached an exceptional level. About his potential, he is better than me, better on a technical level, better dribbler, and better scorer too.” – Patrick Vieira in 2012

List of injuries Diaby has suffered at Arsenal

According to the data, Diaby has been out injured for a total of 1554 days. That is the length of almost half his career at Arsenal (46.5%).

Diaby’s injuries at Arsenal – Data from Physio Room
# INJURY DATE
2006
1 Ankle/Foot Injury May 1st
2007
2 Knee Injury February 2nd
3 Sprained Ankle February 25th
4 Concussion April 20th
5 Sprained Ankle August 14th
6 Back Injury November 22nd
2008
7 Calf Muscle Strain February 8th
8 Calf Muscle Strain March 7th
9 Thigh Muscle Strain April 25th
10 Thigh Muscle Strain August 3rd
11 Abdominal Strain November 22nd
2009
12 Thigh Muscle Strain January 31st
13 Calf Muscle Strain February 24th
14 Thigh Muscle Strain April 1st
15 Knee Injury July 27th
16 Groin Strain August 12th
17 Ankle/Foot Injury October 10th
18 Calf Muscle Strain November 7th
2010
19 Calf Muscle Strain January 20th
20 MCL Knee Ligament Injury February 17th
21 Calf Muscle Strain March 27th
22 Calf Muscle Strain August 11th
23 Ankle/Foot Injury September 13th
24 Ankle/Foot Injury October 4th
25 Ankle/Foot Injury October 19th
26 Calf Muscle Strain December 30th
2011
27 Calf Muscle Strain January 2nd
28 Ankle/Foot Injury July 22nd
29 Hamstring Injury November 26th
2012
30 Hamstring Injury March 3rd
31 Hamstring Injury March 29th
32 Illness April 23rd
33 Calf Muscle Strain April 28th
34 Muscle Injury September 7th
35 Thigh Muscle Strain September 29th
2013
36 Illness January 22nd
37 Calf/Shin Injury February 23rd
38 ACL Knee Injury March 27th
2014
39 Groin/Pelvis Injury April 22nd
40 Hip/Thigh Injury July 26th
41 Calf/Shin Injury October 14th
42 Calf Muscle Strain November 24th
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