Mathieu Flamini has been told he is surplus to requirements at Arsenal, with Arsene Wenger informing his fellow Frenchman that he no longer has a future at the club, as reported by the Express.
The Arsenal veteran has seen his first team opportunities limited since the emergence of Francis Coquelin, and has now been told he can leave the club this summer.
Flamini was a major player during his first spell with the club between 2004-08, but many felt it was a mistake to bring him back on a free in 2013. He proved to be a superb signing however, and it seemed a stroke of genius on Wenger’s part.
He quickly went down hill though, and it became clear he was no longer of the standard required to turn out for Arsenal.
We are still in need of reinforcements in defensive midfielder, but Coquelin has shown he has what it takes to do the job. Flamini still has a year left on his contract (via the Express), but if we can find a buyer this summer then we should certainly get shot of him.
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We may see him leave for free though, with the report claiming he’s asked for a portion of the wages he would earn in his final year with the club in order to terminate his contract early.