Arsenal have confirmed their midfield player Abou Diaby “suffered a fractured, dislocated ankle” during the 3-0 win over Sunderland, ruling the 19-year-old out of the Champions League final against Barcelona on 17 May.

Diaby, who joined Arsenal from Auxerre in January, was hurt following a Dan Smith challenge which angered Arsène Wenger.

“In my opinion the injury is a shame because it was a bad kick and an unneeded one,” said the Arsenal manager.

“It is a big blow to lose a player like that. It is one thing to lose a player but it is the spirit of the way he has been kicked is just not acceptable. ”

Diaby will now miss the remainder of the season.

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