By Will Butcher

Marseille midfielder Abou Diaby has been ruled out for four months with an ankle injury – and Arsenal fans are devastated for their former midfield star.

The injury-prone 30-year-old had been feeling pain in his right ankle, forcing him to train less regularly than his teammates.

The ex-Gunners stalwart has now undergone an operation and is ruled out until March 2016.

Diaby joined Marseille last summer after making just 182 league and cup appearances in 10 years at the Emirates, after an injury-ridden spell that saw Arsene Wenger decide not to renew his contract.

Arsenal fans are gutted for Diaby on Twitter, with many questioning whether he should hand up his boots once for all for the good of his health.

Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:

Diaby’s move to Marseille sparked hope that he was finally over his injury nightmare which has included setbacks such as rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament, a repetitive calf injury and multiple hamstring problems.

However, it was more of the same in Diaby’s first season at the Velodrome. The Auxerre youth star made just three appearances, and two more this season before picking up the problem.

In other Arsenal news, seven academy products are set to feature in the Gunners side to face Reading on Tuesday night.