Arsenal Football Club sent a birthday message to former midfielder Abou Diaby from their official Twitter account on Friday, and Gunners fans were quick to react.
The Frenchman’s 10-year spell with the north London outfit was overshadowed by injury problems, and despite making a huge impact at times, he made just 22 appearances in his final four campaigns as he struggled to get fit and back to his best.
The midfielder then joined Marseille in 2015 after making 180 outings and scoring 19 goals for Arsene Wenger’s men, but he once again struggled to make an impression with the Ligue 1 giants, and after six appearances in all competitions he retired from football last summer.
Arsenal supporters – the majority of whom have backed a summer move for Real Madrid attacker Gareth Bale – took to social media to give their thoughts on their former star, and while one said “we miss you so much”, another said he is “without doubt the biggest waste of talent Arsenal has ever had”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
I have nothing but total respect for this guy. It is known that apparently he told arsenal not to pay him while he was injured. Nothing but love and respect. I was gutted for him. He would have been a huge star for us.
— R@MON™® (@Ramon14) May 11, 2018
What a legend he would have been by now😭😭
Ohhh abou diaby🎶
— Nithin N (@Fabinthin04) May 11, 2018
Sign him back
— Michael McCollum (@Skarmory93) May 11, 2018
Loved watching this guy play
— Nicolas A Georgiou (@NickGeorgiouUK) May 11, 2018
What might have been if it weren't for injuries!
— The Witty Gooner (@nilesh_maharjan) May 12, 2018
Still my hero. Miss you @AbouVDIABY
— Footy Jigzaw (@footyjigzaw) May 11, 2018
This is the one that got away…. bloody injuries. We miss you so much mate.
— Dat Nigga Tee (@ThodlanaH) May 11, 2018
Without a doubt the biggest waste of talent Arsenal has ever had. Had potential to be one of the best CM in the world imo.
— James Hawkins (@hawhaythelord) May 11, 2018
We miss you big..those long legs, that strength, that energy was great
— Odhiambo Kaumah (@oyash36) May 11, 2018