As many of his fans had feared, Abou Diaby would bow out of playing football without fulfilling his potentials.

The former Arsenal midfielder confirmed his retirement on Monday after a career punctured by injuries.

The 32-year-old France midfielder last played competitively in August 2016, when he appeared for Marseille in Ligue 1.

"I put an end to my professional career," Diaby told RMC Sport.

"It was time. For a number of years, it has been difficult for me to come back. I had a lot of physical problems."

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"I decided to stop simply because the body was not following. It's difficult because I have spent most of my life in football. It's a closing chapter.

"There is a new one that opens. It is a well-considered decision. When I left Marseille, I gave myself a year.

"It turned out to be more complicated than I thought. I got to a point where even in my daily life it bothered me."

Diaby made just 122 Premier League appearances during his time at Arsenal. With his last four years producing just 22 of those appearances and only two coming in his last two years

Diaby also earned 16 caps for France, earning a spot on the country's 2010 World Cup roster.

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