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Dec, 31, 2009

Abou Diaby signs new long-term deal with Arsenal

Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has been rewarded for his improved form this season by signing what the club describe as a new "long-term" contract.

Diaby, 23, has flitted in and out of the Arsenal team since sustaining a serious ankle injury at the end of the 2005-06 season but has flourished in Arsene Wenger's 4-3-3 formation of late, scoring six times in 23 appearances during the current campaign.

After netting two strikes in his last three appearances, against Hull City and Aston Villa, Diaby has now committed his future to the Gunners by signing a new contract.

"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 come."

Diaby joined Arsenal from Auxerre for £2 million in January 2006 and is hoping to secure a place in France's squad for the World Cup finals in South Africa next summer.

Arsenal have also confirmed that another midfield talent, Henri Lansbury, has signed a new contract at Emirates Stadium. The England youth international is currently impressing on loan at Watford.

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