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Midfielder leaves Arsenal as contract ends

Abou Diaby is a free agent. Credit: PA

Arsenal have confirmed the departure of France midfielder Abou Diaby after his contract with the club expired.

The Frenchman spent ten years in North London, but injuries limited his appearances.

Youngsters Jack Jebb, Austin Lipman, Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill and Josh Vickers have also departed the Emirates.

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First photo of Chelsea legend Petr Cech in Arsenal kit

Petr Cech confirmed on his Twitter account that he has joined Arsenal today.

The Chelsea legend moves across London from Stamford Bridge after being replaced as Jose Mourinho's number one by Thibaut Courtois.

Cech posted a lengthy open letter to Chelsea fans explaining his decision to leave minuted before publishing the photo.

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Arsenal target admits he could leave Southampton

Schneiderlin says he could leave. Credit: PA

Morgan Schneiderlin has indicated he could leave Southampton in the coming days.

The French defensive midfielder, 25, has been linked with a big money summer move away from St Mary's Stadium, the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham all said to be possible destinations.

Schneiderlin joined the Saints from Strasbourg in June 2008.

The midfielder was back at his old club to help support a community event, and told France Bleu Alsace radio station he expected his future to be resolved shortly.

"The negotiations are ongoing and should be completed in the coming days, hopefully before the resumption of (Southampton's pre-season) training next week," he said.

Arsenal complete signing of Romania U-16 captain

Romania U-16 captain Vlad Dragomir has rejected offers from domestic league champions Steaua Bucharest and several foreign teams to join Arsenal from ACS Poli Timisoara.

"I am very glad and I hope not to disappoint anyone," the young midfielder, who signed a three-year contract, told local media on Wednesday. "The Arsenal offer seemed the best to me, I felt that this is my place."

Dragomir became the second Romanian teenager to join the English Premier League this month after 18-year-old Cristian Manea signed for Chelsea from FC Viitorul Constanta.

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