Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby out for 9 months with knee injury

Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has been ruled out for eight to nine months with a knee ligament injury.

Diaby, 26, missed most of last season with ankle and calf injuries and has made just 92 league starts for the Gunners since January 2006. 

A club statement said:
The Club can confirm that Abou Diaby injured his left knee in training on Wednesday and subsequent scans have confirmed that he has torn his anterior cruciate ligament.

Following consultations with specialists, Abou will undergo surgery to repair the injury in the near future. Abou is expected to be out for around eight to nine months.

The thoughts and best wishes from everyone at Arsenal are with Abou, and we all wish him a successful recovery.

Diaby's latest injury setback leaves Arsene Wenger without several key players.

Jack Wilshere is sidelined for two weeks and Theo Walcott will miss Saturday's visit of Reading after he suffered a muscle tear on England duty.