Former Arsenal midfielder Abou Diaby has been hailed as ‘a gift to the French league’ after leaving Arsenal to join Ligue 1 side Marseille.
The 29-year-old was released by the Gunners this summer, bringing an end to his injury-plagued stay in north London.
His former manager at Auxerre, Guy Roux, believes Marseille, who finished fourth last season, may have secured a real bargain.
Diaby, who has 16 caps for France, made more than 180 appearances for Arsenal, scoring 19 goals, but played only two games in the last two seasons.
The 29-year-old had been expected to join West Bromwich Albion after manager Tony Pulis confirmed on Saturday that they had offered him a deal and the player had undergone a medical at the Premier League club.
However, Diaby rejected the a move to The Hawthorns for a return to his homeland as part of a pay-as-you-play deal.