The Frenchman spent four years with the Gunners from 2004 to 2008, during which time they reached the Champions League final and came close to winning the Premier League. He left the Gunners for Italian outfit AC Milan in 2008 after declining an offer to renew his contract with the club. Arsenal resigned
The 29-year-old, who made 153 appearances for the Gunners during his spell has now joined the club on a free transfer. Flamini is determined to prove his worth during his second spell with the club starting Sunday’s match against Tottenham.
According to Arsenal official website, he said :
It feels good to be back home. I have some unfinished business with Arsenal so it’s a great feeling to be back. Once you’re a Gunner, you’re always a Gunner.
Unfinished business because we had the opportunity a few times when I was there to win trophies and we didn’t. I’m thinking about the Champions League final, the 2007/08 season when we were in the running for the first place and we didn’t close it.
I feel good, I have been training for three weeks with the fitness coach, Tony Colbert. So I feel ready to start competing for Arsenal, especially on Sunday it’s going to be a big game.
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It’s a derby, everyone knows how important it is. We have to win it and we have to be ready for it.
Flamini is a natural defensive midfield who can also slot into central defense which he did during his previous spell with the club. He also has a vast Premier League experience so he won’t be expected to go through any adaptation period of any sort. He will provide depth to the squad and would keep things much simpler in the defense as he has been there and done it through out his career. 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.
Even though many fans might not be impressed with his signature but many of us didn’t realize that we have actually bought a defensive midfielder. After all these years without a defensive midfielder, we have finally signed one and i frankly don’t care whether he is still world class or not because last season we really missed a defensive midfielder who could cover for the defense and i firmly believe that Flamini can fill it up.
Believe me when i say i am just as mad at Wenger as all the fans out there but the signing of Flamini will give strength to our bench and it will also mean that Wenger can now concentrate on strengthening our forward line which looks mighty thin at the moment. Hopefully Wenger will make a menace in the transfer window before it closes tomorrow which is of course unlikely to happen though.
What do you say Gunners?