Abou Diaby’s nine-year association with Arsenal is set to come to an end this month with the club having not yet offered him a new contract.
The midfielder has been restricted to just one senior appearance in each of the last two seasons and, as things stand, will be free to join a new club from July 1st.
Signed as a youngster from Auxerre in January 2006, Diaby has made just 180 appearances during his Arsenal career following a succession of injuries, the onset of which appeared to be a challenge by Sunderland’s Dan Smith just a few months after the Frenchman had joined the club.
His potential departure will be a shame for many supporters, with Diaby having initially been dubbed the new Patrick Vieira upon his arrival at Arsenal. However, with the midfielder now at the age of 29, and, it is best for all parties for him to leave, especially as he was unable to prove his fitness this season.
Update- Reports suggest that Diaby is in talks regarding a new contract, but, as things stand, he will still be released on June 30th.
Ryo Miyaichi will definitely leave Arsenal at the end of the month after a disappointing loan spell with FC Twente. The winger had a year remaining on his deal, but the club have allowed him to depart after he failed to impress since joining the club.
Miyaichi showed much promise during a loan spell with Feyenoord shortly after joining but injuries have hampered his progress in recent years, to the extent that he featured more frequently for Twente’s reserve team last season than their senior side.
Youngsters Semi Ajayi, Jack Jebb, Austin Lipman, Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill, Josh Vickers, Renny Smith and Elliot Wright have also been let go.
Ajayi’s departure was inevitable, with the centre-back having fallen out of favour last season following the progress of Stefan O’Connor.
It is also best for Jebb, Lipman, Smith and Wright to move on to attempt to further their careers. The departures of Vickers and Ormonde-Ottewill are a little more surprising, however.
The club’s decision to offer Deyan Iliev a new contract ahead of Vickers is rather bewildering, with the latter having impressed during loan stints with non-league sides Canvey Island and Concord Rangers over the past two seasons, in addition to his exploits with Arsenal in the FA Youth Cup during the 2013/14 season.
Ormonde-Ottewill had long been earmarked as a potential first-team player, but the left-back struggled with injuries last season and has now been let go.