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 …

54 Comments

  1. fred cowardly says:

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

    Miyachi is gone too

    Flamini and Sanogo may stay though

    1. inapropriatetelletubbie says:

      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. ThirdManJW says:

      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. jonestown1 says:

      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. ArseOverTit says:

    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. AlanFrank says:

    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. frank says:

    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. John Legend says:

    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. ArseOverTit says:

    WOOD peach of a goal for USA!

  7. fred cowardly says:

    Germany 1-2 USA with 3+ min left.

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      @fred cowardly
      Nice…

  8. JAmerican says:

    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. vince says:

      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. mohawk says:

        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.

  9. AlmiR says:

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

    1. JAmerican says:

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

      1. AlmiR says:

        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. Goonsquad8 says:

        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

    2. moneytalks says:

      If Milan sign Martinez we need to buy Lacazete at any cost.

  10. TioMoses says:

    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. inapropriatetelletubbie says:

      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

  11. Goonsquad8 says:

    Any fellow Americans watch the USA game? USA USA USA!!

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      @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. RSH says:

        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. mohawk says:

          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. mohawk says:

          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. mohawk says:

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

          1. NY_Gunner says:

            @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. Goonsquad8 says:

              @ 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. mohawk says:

      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).

      1. Gigi2 says:

        fan of the Angry Birds?
        I mean Cardinals?
        🙂 jokin jokin i just love their helmet

  12. SoOpa AeoN says:

    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. RSH says:

      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. mohawk says:

      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.

  13. Diaby the hospital legend is gone,who will be paying his hospital bill now that he gets injured without even playing! Let him go to college and do something else

  14. adajim says:

    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.

  15. fred cowardly says:

    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. fred cowardly says:

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

    2. vince says:

      bs. diaby doesn’t want to get paid and doesn’t unless he is fit.

  16. mohawk says:

    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.

  17. moneytalks says:

    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.

  18. moneytalks says:

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

    1. Hafiz Rahman says:

      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. moneytalks says:

        We dont have a third choice keeper. Martinez will be good no 3. Sczesny bye bye.

        1. Hafiz Rahman says:

          Martinez will never want to be number 3…..

    2. fred cowardly says:

      Cech said it was a fake Tweet

      1. moneytalks says:

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

        1. fred cowardly says:

          It was kind of funny actually lol

    3. Zulu-boy-SA says:

      oh no didn’t, just checked his twitter account

  19. moneytalks says:

    Follow me on twitter guys. @naylorsmith05

  20. moneytalks says:

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

    1. fred cowardly says:

      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!!!

      1. fred cowardly says:

        Sorry I meant “as long as Wenger DOESN’T go penny pinching again” lol

  21. Andrew AFC says:

    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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