Abou Diaby has left Arsenal after the club decided not to offer him a new contract.

The French midfielder, who was plagued by injuries throughout his career, leaves the club where he, along with Tomas Rosicky, was the longest-serving first team player.

In ten seasons at the club he made just 180 first team appearances, with his checkered injury record dating back to a horrifying broken leg he suffered after a tackle from Sunderland's Dan Smith in 2006.

He played more than 20 league games in only two seasons (2008-09 and 2009-10) and made just one brief appearance since August 2013.

Winger Ryo Miyaichi and goalkeeper Josh Vickers were also among the seven players Arsenal have allowed to leave...


THE Irish FA were alledgedlypaid five million euros by FIFA not to sue over the World Cup play-off defeat in 2009 by France when Thierry Henry handled the ball.

It is the latest astonishing revelation in the wake of the scandal engulfing FIFA which has seen president Sepp Blatter quit.

Henry stopped the ball going out of play with his hand, before crossing for William Gallas to score in extra time. The game in Paris in 2009 ended 1-1 after with France progressing 2-1 on aggregate to the finals in South Africa, causing outrage in Ireland and beyond.

Blatter revealed the FAI had asked the governing body to be handed a "33rd place" in the World Cup finals at a confidential meeting to discuss a possible replay. But chief executive John Delaney has revealed what happened.

"It was a payment to the association...not to proceed with a legal case," he said yesterday.

"We felt we had a legal case against FIFA because of how the World Cup hadn't worked out because of the Thierry Henry handball, also the way Blatter behaved on stage, having a snigger, having a laugh at us.

"So that day when I went in and told him how I felt about him...there were some expletives used, we came to an agreement."

Speaking to RTE, Delaney added: "That was the Thursday and on Monday the agreement was all signed and all done. It was a very good agreement for the FAI, a very legitimate agreement for the FAI."

Meanwhile White House spokesman Josh Earnest has said he "wouldn't be surprised" if the scandal over FIFA came up in discussion among world leaders at next week's G7 summit in Germany.


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