Former Arsenal and France midfielder Abou Diaby announced his retirement from professional football on Monday after an injury-plagued career.
Diaby, 32, last played competitively in August 2016, when he lined up for Marseille in Ligue 1.
However, injury woes disrupted and cut short his career, which included nine and a half seasons at Arsenal – the club he arrived at from Auxerre in January 2006.
“I put an end to my professional career,” Diaby told RMC Sport.
“It was time. For a number of years, it has been difficult for me to come back. I had a lot of physical problems.”
Thanks for the memories, @AbouVDiaby ☺️
We're all wishing you the very best following your retirement ❤️ pic.twitter.com/mH23Q0ESPe
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) February 25, 2019
Diaby made just 122 Premier League appearances during his time at Arsenal.
He made just 22 appearances over his last four seasons with Arsenal, with only two coming in his last two years with the Gunners.
Diaby also earned 16 caps for France, earning a spot on the country’s 2010 World Cup roster.