Some Gooners may not be too thrilled about it but Arsene Wenger has (re-)signed ex-Gunner Mathieu Flamini on a free transfer.
The Arsenal boss feels his compatriot’s best years are ahead of him, three of which will be in north London. Now, on the face of it many Arsenal fans will look and see there has not been a penny spent this summer, but what if the Gunners bought Flamini off AC Milan for £10m, would that make the signing more exciting?
Personally I’m thrilled to have the defensive minded midfielder back. He is a versatile player who can fill in at full back if required and will bring plenty of European experience to the squad. Similarly to Mikel Arteta, he is a ball playing midfielder that can get down and dirty if required, and that is the type of player Wenger likes rather than a more combative player.
He also has the advantage of being educated with the Gunners when he was younger and has been training with the Arsenal squad for a little while now so the deal made sense.
Wenger expressed his delight at re-adding Flamini back into the Arsenal setup. He told Arsenal Player:
He’s a bit older but he’s still only 29. The best years are in front of him now – the next three years. Physically, he’s perfect. He was tested, prepared and he’s physically in fantastic shape.
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It’s a very important impact on the squad because he can cover many positions. He can play with everybody in midfield and he knows the game we want to play. He knows the game in general. He’s tactically very shrewd, very focused to win and that’s why the decision was basically a no brainer.
He knows the Club. He had a huge desire to come back. He was available because he was out of contract and he’s a quality player, and a focused player. Those were all the reasons that pushed me to make that decision.
The Frenchman did also say they were on the lookout for more players which is essential, the squad is still very thin and he has his work cutout over the next few days.
So back to Flamini, are you happy to have the Frenchman back? He is clearly in good condition and can add some very aspects of experience, versatility and composure to the squad. The only negative I have to say about the signing is it is even more unlikely that we will get a proper, out and out defensive midfielder who can shield the defence. But Arsenal coped in the second half of last season well without one and Wenger is obviously keen for more agile footballers to work their asses off.
Personally I’d much rather have Flamini on a free then pay £20m+ for Cabaye. What are your thoughts Gooners? Comment below and we will feature the best of the comments in an upcoming article…