The Premier League has confirmed that Abou Diaby, Ryo Miyaichi and a host of reserve team players will be released at the end of the month.
The decision not to offer Diaby a new contract comes at the end of a second successive season in which the Frenchman has managed only one first team appearance.
As has been well documented the midfielder, now 29, has endured a series of long-term injuries since having his leg broken by Sunderland’s Dan Smith five months after signing in 2006. In the last four years he’s managed just 22 appearances for Arsenal.
Arsene Wenger has always left the door open to a new deal for Diaby, but always on the proviso that he could prove his fitness. It’s terribly sad that he’s not been able to do so.
Miyaichi, who was signed from Chukyodai Chukyo High School in 2010, is another who has seen injuries wreck his time at Arsenal. Billed as a pacey winger who could potentially challenge Theo Walcott for a first team place he went on to make just seven competitive appearances.
An early spell on loan at Feyenoord whet the appetite – the locals even nicknamed him Ryodinho – but the rigours of English football seemed too much for his comparatively lightweight frame. Time at Bolton and Wigan and the odd game as the poster boy of the Gunners’ pre-season tours to the Far East preceded this year’s underwhelming second stint in Holland with FC Twente.
Academy graduates Semi Ajayi, Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill, Jack Jebb, Austin Lipman and Josh Vickers will also be released.
Arseblog News wishes all the released players the best for the future. Particularly you Abou…when you were good, you were very, very good indeed. And we like that you kicked John Terry in the head.
Please note – Any of the players on the aforementioned Premier League ‘released player’ list could be offered a new deal once their current contract expires. However, in light of the extensions sorted for Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky – also both out of contract in July – it seems unlikely that Arsenal will enter late negotiations with those players whose deals are set to lapse.