Mathieu Flamini has become surplus to requirements at the club, and has apparently been told he can leave this summer, as reported by ESPN.
Arsene Wenger believes the Frenchman is going nowhere however, and that he will still be here come the end of the transfer window – despite his lack of involvement.
“I expect [Flamini] to be here in September,” Wenger said (via IBT).
“I spoke to him. At the moment he is not involved but he has no intention of leaving. He will be involved at some stage. He works very hard and his intention is to stay.”
Many questioned Wenger’s decision to bring Flamini back to the club for a second spell in 2013, but he proved a solid acquisition – especially given the fact we signed him on a free.
He quickly went downhill however, and is clearly no longer capable of competing at the highest level. And the 31-year-old has fallen down the pecking order, with both Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta ahead of him.
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He saw his first team opportunities greatly diminished last season, and the same is likely to be true of this season as well. He is clearly comfortable at the club though, and has no intention of leaving.
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Hopefully Arsene Wenger isn’t holding off on making any further signings in defensive midfield until Flamini is off our books.