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:
— Jonathan Johnson (@Jon_LeGossip) October 24, 2016
— Mihir Trivedi (@mihirt25) October 24, 2016
poor fella, so much potential there, just a shame he was made of cheese
— Jack (@HighTower_Holt) October 24, 2016
he should retire
— Daniel Szanto (@SzantoDani) October 24, 2016
@chomandely Wenger was extremely kind to him. I hope he's planning for a life beyond playing.
— Benjamin Asoro (@iambenasoro) October 23, 2016
I was actually told by a former Arsenal Physio that most of his little injuries were ones most others would play with.
— Andy Moore (@GoonerUS) October 24, 2016
Abou Diaby…you have persevered enough.
May be it's time to let it rest, bro. ????????????????
— Baba Elyse & Ethan (@olu_sakin) October 24, 2016
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.