Abou Diaby signs for Olympique de Marseille after Arsenal release

Former Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has signed a deal to return to France with Olympique de Marseille.

Diaby, who has 16 caps for France, was released by Arsenal at the end of last season after nine years at the London club in which his progress was severely hampered by injuries.

After first announcing an agreement had been found on Tuesday night, Marseille have now formalised the signing of the France midfielder.

Diaby made more than 180 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 19 goals, but played only two games in the last two seasons.

The 29-year-old had been expected to join West Bromwich Albion after manager Tony Pulis confirmed on Saturday that they had offered him a deal and the player had undergone a medical at the Premier League club.