Yes okay the fact is that Abou Diaby is on the list of Arsenal’s released players that was announced today, but Gooners should be aware that that doesn’t mean he WILL NOT be at the Emirates next season!

This list is for all players that are approaching the end of their current contracts without having put pen to paper on a new deal YET. There is still every chance that Wenger and Diaby are continuing free and frank discussions about his future as we speak.

Just two months ago, Wenger admitted that he was willing to give the 29 year-old a new contract, but it would have to be linked to him actually being available to play for the team. Arsene was quoted as saying: “By me, yes [a decision has been taken]. I had a chat with him and told him how I can envisage the future. He has to make a decision,”

“Of course he understands completely that he has to perform and to show that he can be present on a consistent way.

“I will see where we go from there. I wouldn’t like to go into details, we have to meet again to see where we go from what I told him. It has to be linked a little bit with his presence.”

Now it could be that Diaby has decided that he can only retire, or perhaps he has been approached by his old club PSG to move back to France (would he pass the medical lol) OR Arsenal and Diaby are still trying to agree terms on a new pay-per-play contract…

I don’t believe that we have seen the last of Diaby yet, and I won’t believe it until it has been confirmed by Wenger or the player himself …


  1. He had to go really. Getting a salary but hardly playing. Always injured

    Miyachi is gone too

    Flamini and Sanogo may stay though

    1. I really don’t know why that’s so hard to believe for most people, he was never going to recapture the form he once showed, his injuries hindered both his technical and physical development. When he came back was no where near the standard required to be able to perform in the Barclay’s Premier League. Sometimes its best to just cut your losses…

    2. Such a shame about Miyachi. I was a huge fan of his, and really excited when we signed him. So sad that another player has been ruined by the Arsenal injury jinx.

    3. OT: My son handed me one of those useless “little known” facts today. Next time we are having a discussion about spending big, marqueee signings, world class players, players being too old or past it, taking punts on young talent and recognising the value of youth systems remember this. Juve’s midfield quartet of Pirlo, Marchisio, Vidal and Pogba cost them £8M. Amazing don’t you think? Can’t think of anything comparable nor imagine something like this happening again.

  2. Welcome to the hotel Abou Diaby,
    Anytime of year,
    You will find him here.

    Relax, said the physio,
    We are programmed to relieve
    You can check out anytime you like,
    But you can never leave…

  3. On the last day of The transfer window no new arrivals have come in a new signing is announced.

    Diaby jumpers out of a box “surprise mother fu<e3z"

  4. If Wenger really wants him to stay than I think he owes it to the club for sticking by him to sign that contract.

  5. He needs to retire really. I don’t see why we should give him pay-as-you-play contract when we have enough talent to fit into his supposed role.

    All the best as I hope he leaves

  6. Every year the U.S. MLS gets better the U.S. National Team gets better. Amazing for a country that calls the sport Soccer.

    1. yaeh, but germany is playing their backup (backupbackup)-team. most players are done with the season. for the us, there is a big tournament about to kick off…

      but still fair play to them

      1. USA is also playing many backup players – Judging from their more recent performances some of these young players may actually become more regular starters, however.

  7. so Martinez to Milan is almost done, i am hoping rumors about Higuain arent true, he isnt what we need, go for Lacazette

    1. Utd are after Higuain (Falcao and maybe RVP out) and PSG are after Lacazette (Ibrah maybe out to partner Martinez at Milan).

      1. I doubt Milan will have money for Ibra, but thats what happens when Fifa shuts down FFP, damn we wont have any striker left if we continue like this

      2. Falcao is back at Monaco, I don’t really see lacazette going to psg since he’s been at Lyon for 9 years, not sure Milan can afford Martinez unless they’ve been purchased by the new owner

  8. Personally I don’t believe he’ll ever be healthy enough for a full season.

    That being said, someone will give him a pay-as-you-play type of deal simply based off the fact that he has talent and it’s a low risk high reward type of move. If that team if Arsenal then I’d be cool with it. Abou seems like a good guy and you can’t help but root for him.

    1. Well said, but the problem is, he hasn’t sustained a run of more than 6 games without being injured so far. We give him a pay as you play contract, Arsenal as employers would have to foot the medical bill. He will still cost us money, all those specialist surgeries and treatments come at a cost. Im sure he is a good guy aswell but i would rather take the risk signing another player or promoting a youngster from the academy

    1. @Goonsquad
      We did damn good. Started out slow though. Were pretty confused at the back. Then we came into ours and ruled.
      Big ups to Ozil. He tried, but had no one to go to. Podolski hasn’t changed a bit. Same old lackluster lump…

      1. yeah Podolski looked rather poor. He’s decreasing his value with every game he plays, which is unfortunate b/c i love Poldi. Ozil was good but his teammates weren’t and they lost the ball too easily. Great job Americans, especially Bradley was very good.

        1. Poldi is/was a great player – one of my favorites. But I think his situation has gotten the better of him. He will either need to call i quits or find a home where is truly wanted and appreciated so he can get his form back.

          I also don’t put too much stock in Germany friendlies. Yogi is notorious for having his players sleep walk through the game. The worst game I ever witnessed was a friendly between Netherlands and Germany = neither team tried to even advance the ball beyond the half-way line. Horrible. Better to judge Germany by a meaningful performance.

        2. Also, Yogi seems determined to give Poldi enough meaningless appearances so that Poldi sets some more records regarding # of caps – Yogi LOVES him as evidenced by the fact that Poldi is still with the team while many of his contemporaries have retired from the national team.

        3. Bradley seems always to be the key to everything – he is the one non-replacable player on the team.

          1. @mohawk
            To be honest, I did not like him much when his dad was USMNT manager. But he has come into his own and made a name for himself. Also didn’t like what he and his dad had to say about AFC being biased towards American players because we didn’t give him a loan deal…We went for Kallstrom instead.

            1. @ NY

              You are spot on, we started slow and ozil was the best player on the pitch creating chances but the 2nd half we really turned it on and played great. Podolski seems done even with the captains armband he didn’t do ANYTHING and I’m not exaggerating.

              But I didn’t like the comments bob Bradley said about AFC but if I’ve been honest I probably would’ve picked Bradley over kallstrom, I think that’s when Bradley was leaving Roma

    2. I have recorded it and will watch it now. Always interesting in my household in Arizona as my wife is German and my children have dual citizenship. We have also lived in both countries so the loyalty is sort of split (But we mostly lean USA in the end).

  9. Arsenal submitted a List of players to be released in June…….and none of em are even players that would free up space in the squad……. Save for diaby and miyachi (who don’t even look like squad players) …… Mtchewww

    1. I swore Flamini signed a 2 year deal but guess it was longer. Players like Flamini, Arteta, Sanogo, etc. still have value anyways unlike Diaby and Miyaichi.

    2. Any departures make acquisitions more likely as it frees up money and space for extra players who are often needed because of Arsenal injury woes.

      We all got a little spoiled this season with a much better injury record. There have often been times when Wenger had to dig quite deep to find a quality starting lineup.

  10. I tink we have had enough of him. Let him go to a less physical league,wu knows he could rekindle his career.
    I don’t think we are screw because of martinez and milan,thare are thousands of better strikers in the world. We only need to get our scout to work.

  11. Diaby and Miyachi = about £75,000 per week in salary. . Now release Flamini = Another £???? Per week.

    Use this money for the salary of a Top DM

    1. Sell Sanogo, Podolski and Campbell and use the proceeds of sale and free up salary towards signing and paying a Top striker

  12. Sometimes players are released and then picked up again under a new (and lower salary) contract to be emergency backups for injuries. Don’t know if that is the case here and it does not seem likely, but I know of it happening.

  13. This is ridiculous. Why give contract to a player who cant play single match. He has been injured for 3 seasons on a row. Just give him retirement benefit and find a coaching role for this deadwood.

  14. Petr Cech just tweeted Mezut is the guy who made me choose Arsenal over those Manutd c**s

    1. Then its good bye sheez and Martinez then…..

      Cech is good enough for least 3 season of first team football….

      Ospina may leave next season tooo

      1. Yes I found out later lol. That guy must be Man Utd fan trying to make sure Cech doesnt join Arsenal.

  15. Arsenal and Valencia are interested in Porto striker Martinez but Milan are favourites to sign him.
    acc to @DavidAmoyal

    1. I’m hoping we get Martinez. He said that he has been an Arsenal fan since childhood so it’s still possible. As long as Wenger gets penny pinching again lol

      Benzema seems to be staying put
      Benteke or Falcao may go to Chelsea
      After Martinez that leaves Lacazette, Higuain, Ibrahimovic

      We need a top striker big time. Martinez would do the job.

      Fingers crossed!!!

  16. Can anyone spare a thought for Diaby. He had the makings of a great player but his injuries got in the way. I for one wish him all the best in the future.

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