By Richard Clarke

Abou Diaby has agreed a new long-term contract with Arsenal. 

The 21-year-old French midfielder played his 55th game for the Club on Tuesday night in the 3-0 win over Newcastle. It has not always been easy for Diaby since he signed from Auxerre in January 2006. He suffered a broken and dislocated ankle against Sunderland at the end of that season and spent seven months on the sidelines.

However his 21 appearances this season suggest he is back to full fitness and putting on the pressure for a regular starting spot.

After the Newcastle game, Arsène Wenger confirmed: "Abou has signed a new deal until 2012."

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Richard Clarke 30 Jan 2008