Arsenal In Contract Talks With French Midfielder.

Contrary to what we reported here yesterday regarding Abou Diaby's release from Arsenal, there are now speculations saying that the Frenchman will remain at Arsenal.

Arsenal submitted a list of players for next season and Diaby's name was not among those who will be retained so the tabloids concluded that the club were going to let him leave but that might not be what it interpretes to afterall.

A source has revealed that the Gunners want the injury-prone star to stay and are currently holding talks to keep him at the Emirates Stadium.

According to L'Equipe correspondent Bruno Constant, Diaby has already reached a verbal agreement with the club. He will be offered an earn-as-you-play deal which means he will only be paid when he is fit to play for Arsenal.

Bruno said: "Diaby hasn't been released by Arsenal. Out of contract but verbal agreement made with the club.

"Talks are ongoing for a new contract. He wants to stay and he will."

The 29-year-old midfielder has struggled to keep fit throughout his reign so far at Arsenal. It all started in 2006 when he got an ugly tackle which threw a gloomy light on his career and eversince then, he hasn't been stable as he spent more time with the medical team than he did with the coaching staff.

Despite the player's woes, Arsene Wenger believes he can still play football. The boss is not yet giving up on him. He even said last season that Diaby will be offered a new contract.

“I had a chat with him and told him how I can envisage the future,” Wenger said back in April. “He has to make a decision. Of course he understands completely that he has to perform and to show that he can be present on a consistent way.

“I will see where we go from there. I wouldn’t like to go into details, we have to meet again to see where we go from what I told him. It has to be linked a little bit with his presence.”

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