Abou Diaby has come to the end of his Arsenal contract, and has consequently been released (via the Premier League). He isn’t actually gone just yet however, as the Frenchman apparently has a verbal agreement to remain at the Emirates, according to the Daily Star.
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Diaby has struggled with injury throughout his Arsenal career, with Dan Smith’s tackle back in 2006 leaving him a shell of his former self. He has shown glimpses of real quality when fit however, quality which saw Arsene Wenger keep faith with him despite his inability to play more than a handful of games per season.
The Star report that Wenger is still willing to discuss keeping his compatriot at the Emirates, although in what capacity it is not quite clear. They claim he has a verbal agreement to remain at the club, either on a renewed contract or on a pay-as-you-play deal.
L’Equipe journalist Bruno Constant claims talks are currently ongoing, and believes the 29-year-old will stay at Arsenal.
— Bruno Constant (@Bruno_Constant) June 10, 2015
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He could also remain at the club simply to continue training with the team, in the hope that he will be offered a new contract next season.