Diaby commits future to Gunners

France international midfielder Abou Diaby has signed a new

long-term contract with Arsenal, the Premier League club confirmed

on Thursday.

The 23-year-old joined the Gunners from Auxerre in January

2006, and after recovering from a broken ankle at the end of that

season, has since gone on to make 119 appearances.

Diaby has developed a good understanding with Arsenal captain

Cesc Fabregas in their new midfield formation this season, scoring

six goals.

“This shows my long-term commitment to Arsenal and I am very

happy here, which is why I am so pleased to extend my contract,”

said Diaby. “It’s a great thing for me and hopefully there will be

some good years ahead for me here.”

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger added: “Abou is a great player

with huge presence on the football pitch and he has the potential

to be an extremely influential part of Arsenal for many years to