Wenger yet to make decision on Flamini


Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has not yet made up his mind on bringing former midfielder Mathieu Flamini back to the club.

Flamini, now 29, was released by AC Milan at the end of last season and has been training with Arsenal for the past fortnight.

Some sections of Arsenal’s support have already announced their frustrations at what many feel would be an underwhelming signing.

Ex-Marseille man Flamini left Arsenal in bitter circumstances when he rejected the offer of a new contract at the Emirates to accept a big-money move to Italian giants Milan.


Greek champions Olympiakos are hoping to hijack a move for Flamini but are fully aware that Arsenal remain the Frenchman’s ‘first choice’ destination.

Wenger believes Flamini will provide the needed experience to bolster the Gunners’ injury plagued midfield with Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby both currently out of action.

However, the 63-year-old is concentrating on bringing in other targets before the upcoming transfer deadline day on September 2.

Enquiries have been made for a host of big names including Real Madrid duo Angel Di Maria and Iker Casillas, while a move for Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye is ongoing after the club’s first £11.9m bid was rejected.

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8 years ago

All we have is constant dithering. I’d have him back on a free. What is there to lose? At least it would be a signing. I’m not optimistic about anybody of note coming in now.

8 years ago

I have a horrible suspicion that Wenger will only spend the funds he has brought in from sales.

So far that is around 10m, which seems to be what was offered for Cabaye.

The apparent uncertainty about Podolski is worrying me. If Wenger goes for de Maria I can see us suddenly being told Podolski has a “bad attitude” and “demanded to go” and being sold for enough to cover the difference between the purchase price and the 10m already brought in.

If that happens, I will drive to the ground with a banner demanding Wenger leaves myself.

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