This was the same player who had allowed his contract with the Gunners to run down (a trick that he’s now also pulled with AC Milan). To most fans, these comments seemed disingenuous at best. There were plenty who denounced Flamini, claiming that he had burnt all his Arsenal bridges.
Still, if you love something and let it go and it blah, blah, blah, Flamini’s back.
The Frenchman had been training with the Gunners over the last couple of weeks. He impressed Arsene Wenger enough for the 63-year-old to offer the recently released star a new contract. He followed up this move with these comments:
“We are very pleased Mathieu has agreed to rejoin us. He is a player of real quality, with a fantastic work rate and great mentality. As we know, Mathieu is a strong midfielder, but is also is comfortable playing in defence too. He is a very good addition to our squad.” (Source: The Telegraph)
At this stage, I’d like to echo these comments. Regardless of what happened in the past, I think we’ll look back on this signing and consider it to be a particularly astute piece of business.
If Arsenal had splashed a heap of cash on Flamini, there’d be cause for concern. But they’ve got a top-quality defensive midfielder on a free signing. Most of us have seen first hand his tenacity, drive and expert reading of the game.
Whilst his mercenary nature with contracts is a little untoward, isn’t that just the way with modern footballers? Flamini isn’t exactly alone in wanting to maximise his earning potential. Besides, despite his behaviour off the pitch, Flamini is always fully committed on it.
At 29-years-old, he’s still got three-or-four years left at the top level. So let’s hope that he’s a success during his second-stint with the Gunners.
What’s your take? Will Mathieu Flamini bring the fans back on side this season?
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