Former Arsenal midfielder Abou diaby who joined Ligue 1 side Marseille a few days back has officially revealed the real reason why he left Arsenal after spending 9 seasons at the club. 

Speaking to French media RMC Sport, Diaby told that his prime focus was to stay fully fit and that was the only reason he left Arsenal. Diaby was an upcoming talent when he was brought in by Arsene Wenger at Arsenal but injuries ruined his promising career. He was injury plagued in almost every season and did not fulfill his prospects.

The French midfielder was quoted: “It was knowing which club would help me the best medically. That was my real priority.

“I had other contacts. I had very, very advanced talks with West Brom. But I found Marseille was better. I thought: why not come back to France?

“I don’t want to draw emotional conclusions. The reality is different. I haven’t played for two years. I need to rebuild myself, to put myself in a good place to play football again.

“It wasn’t an easy choice, but it was my choice.”

Diaby had further said that he had leave Arsenal with a heavy heart this summer as he had mant wonderful memories at the club. He added: “I had hard times in those nine years, but some beautiful moments. I had the chance to get to know Arsene Wenger, who is a truly great coach and a great man, too.

“I regret that I wasn’t able to show all my qualities and potential. Now, a new chapter begins.”



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