Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has reportedly put pen to paper on a two-year contract with Arsenal, according to reports in Goal.com.
Flamini who left the Gunners for Italian outfit AC Milan in 2008 after declining an offer to renew his contract with the club has been training with Arsenal for some weeks now. Reports earlier in the month claimed that Arsene Wenger is looking to re-sign Flamini in order to cover for the injury worries in the Arsenal midfield and defense.
The report stated that the Frenchman put pen to paper on the deal after reaching an agreement with the club following a final round of talks on Wednesday. Flamini will be paid £50,000-a-week and that the contract includes an option for a third year. Arsenal will reportedly announce the deal after receiving the final clearance from the Premier League.
The 29-year-old has been training with the Arsenal first-team squad for couple of weeks now and it seems as though an agreement has been reached after the player’s agent Darren Dein reportedly met with Arsenal representatives last Friday.
Flamini will be the second signing of the summer for Arsene Wenger after Auxerre forward Yaya Sanogo signed on a free transfer when the transfer window opened back in July. Flamini will join the likes of Sol Campbell, Jens Lehmann and Thierry Henry who have re-signed for Arsenal in the past few seasons.
He made 153 appearances for Arsenal before moving to AC Milan and could be seen by Wenger as an ideal addition to his squad. His versatility can be a huge asset for us this season, we have been missing a rugged, no nonsense midfielder for quite some time now. He’s still very capable of doing a job at the middle of the park.
He is obviously an experienced player and if a move will be sealed before noon on Friday he would be eligible to feature against Fulham on Saturday. With the Arsenal squad depleted by injuries, having an extra player that has played extensively in the Premier League before to call on would be a bonus.
However this shouldn’t stop Wenger from pursuing a defensive midfielder considering that he’s a player with an extensive injury record of his own, So he should be used as an adequate cover in the wake of any injuries to our first team. With just about four days remaining in the transfer window, Wenger should act quickly if he wants to save Arsenal’s season. It’s now looking almost impossible that Arsenal will sign a Marquee player before the deadline.
What say Gooners?