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Former Arsenal midfielder Diaby secures move to Marseille

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Abou Diaby of Arsenal during the match between Arsenal U21 and Reading U21 in the Barclays Premier U21 League at Emirates Stadium on April 13, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 13: Abou Diaby of Arsenal during the match between Arsenal U21 and Reading U21 in the Barclays Premier U21 League at Emirates Stadium on April 13, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

Former Arsenal player Abou Diaby has joined Marseille, the Ligue 1 side have announced.

The 29-year-old midfielder was released by the Gunners this summer, bringing an end to his injury-plagued stay in north London.

His former manager at Auxerre, Guy Roux, believes L'OM, who finished fourth last season, may have secured a real bargain.

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"This could be the biggest coup for Marseille for a long time and it's also a great gift to the French league," he told L'Equipe.

"Diaby is a fabulous player, well-disciplined and pleasant by nature. He has the kind of talent which has been sadly lacking from French football in recent times."