Abou Diaby Signs New Contract With Arsenal

Imposing midfielder extends Ashburton Grove stay.

Arsenal and Abou Diaby have extended their marriage as the French midfielder has penned a new, long-term deal, with Arsene Wenger hoping that he remains a Gunner "for many years to come".

Abou Diaby has improved his form at a rate that should alarm opposition defenders as his penetrative dribbling runs have proved problematic of late. The towering midfielder's selection was questioned at times in the past, but he has since developed into a focal part of Arsenal's play.

During the north Londoner's emphatic away win at Fratton Park on Wednesday evening, for instance, Diaby managed to stretched Portsmouth's rear-guard due to his probing runs; a commodity that could become all the more valuable during the absence of playmaking captain Francesc Fabregas.

"This shows my long-term commitment to Arsenal and I am very happy here, which is why I am so pleased to extend my contract," Diaby, who has scored six goals and set up four so far this season, confirmed to the BBC.

"It's a great thing for me and hopefully there will be some good years ahead for me here."

Wenger added: "Abou is a great player with huge presence on the football pitch and he has the potential to be an extremely influential part of Arsenal for many years to come."

Diaby joined Arsenal in 2006 as part of a triple winter window assault that included fast-paced forward Theo Walcott, and Togolese targetman Emmanuel Adebayor. 


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