Former Arsenal Player Announces Retirement From Football

Ex-Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has announced his retirement from football at the age of 32.

The ex-Gunner brings a football career riddled with various injuries to a close.

Abou Diaby confirmed his retirement to French media outlet RMC Sport.

The Frenchman last played football competitively in the colours of French Ligue 1 giants Marseille in August 2016.

His last appearance came in a league game.

Diaby joined Arsenal from French club Auxerre in January 2006 and his injury woes started when he was the subject of a bad challenge from Dan Smith of Sunderland later that year.

Arsenal won 3-0 against the Black Cats in that game.

Abou Diaby played 122 times for Arsenal in the Premier League during his nine-and-a-half year spell before he was released in 2015.

He played just 22 Premier League games in his last four seasons at Arsenal.

Abou Diaby was seen by many as the long-term replacement for Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira at the club but various injuries prevented him from realising his full potentials at the club.

Vieira is regarded as one of the best midfielders in the history of Arsenal.

Abou Diaby made 16 caps for the French national team and was part of the squad to the 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament in South Africa.