Olympique de Marseille midfielder Abou Diaby says he will never forget his time at Arsenal.
He joined the Gunners in January 2006 from Auxerre after reportedly turning down a move to rivals Chelsea.
Diaby spent almost a decade at North London but struggled to cope with the large numbers of injuries he suffered throughout his Arsenal career.
"In nine years, I had hard times, but also very beautiful moments," he told RMC.
"I had the chance to meet a coach like Arsene Wenger, who is a great coach and a great man too. I have this regret at not having been able to express all my qualities and my potential.
"I arrived young at heart I had to evolve in this club and almost finished my career there. My life has meant that this was not the case.
"Now a new chapter opens. I will do everything in order to return to a good level."
Meanwhile, the 29-year-old was full of praise for the Arsenal fans on Twitter.
"Thanks to Arsenal fans all over the world, for your best wishes and support through the years," he wrote.