Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has officially been released by the club and Gunners fans have been quick to take to social media and have their say.
The Frenchman is a great talent but he has been blighted by a string of injuries that have robbed him of any significant game-time in recent seasons.
In total, the 29-year-old has played 180 times for Arsenal but last season he turned out for the first-team just once – in a League Cup clash against Southampton – and the campaign before that a cruciate ligament injury meant he had to wait until the final match of the season to play.
Two appearances in two years – and just 15 in the campaign before that – means it is no surprise that Diaby’s time in North London has come to an end, but it is still sad to think what could have been for the player.
After the news was made official we took to Twitter to see what Arsenal fans thought and you can read a selection of what we found below:
What a shame about Diaby. The guy can play. Really really play— waka-sama (@CATheRage) July 1, 2015
Abou Diaby. Once a Gooner, ALWAYS a GOONER !!!!!!— Salvatore Parisi (@drparisi) July 1, 2015
Gonna be ace when Diaby rocks up at another club, stays injury free and plays brilliantly for 2/3 years.— Bowser (@darrenrix) July 1, 2015
The day Abou Diaby overcomes his injury issues, the world will be in awe of his potential. It's a shame it won't be at Arsenal anymore.— Mohammed Ali (@MhdAliUK) July 1, 2015
Sad but glad Diaby is gone. Can now use those wages on a player who will play.— Kai (@ozrikk) July 1, 2015
Gutted for diaby, more gutted that no one ever really got to see him at his best. He could have been 1 he'll of a player— stratsy (@designerstratt) July 1, 2015
Diaby has left Arsenal feel bad for him he had ability to be a wonderful player if it wasn't for a horror tackle and year's of injuries— david lynch (@dav38125) July 1, 2015
On a more sincere note re Diaby, it's a shame to see a massive talent ruined by injuries but it's good to see the club getting ruthless now.— Sam (@spud284) July 1, 2015