Thursday, August 22, 2013
ARSENAL SET TO RE-SIGN MATHIEU FLAMINI
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's intensive 12-day recruitment appears to have kick start with contract for former player Mathieu Flamini, five years after he quit gunners for AC Milan.
Flamini was released at the end of the season and he has been training with the gunners for the last two weeks.
Wenger has been impressed enough with his condition to offer him a contract and Flamini has agreed to a return despite considerable interest from other clubs.
It will be the second signing of the summer for Wenger – both free transfers - and the fourth old-boy he has re-signed, having brought Sol Campbell, Jens Lehmann and Thierry Henry (twice) back to the Emirates.
The French midfielder originally left the Emirates on a Bosman-style free transfer in 2008 after playing 40 times in a campaign when Arsenal finished third.
He went on to win the Italian title with Milan but has suffered fitness issues, including a serious knee injury which ruled him out of the entire 2011-12 season.
Wenger will hope his return adds depth, versatility and experience to a squad which has looked alarmingly thin in some areas after a few injuries and a summer exodus of fringe players.
Midfielders Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all injured but there was a boost for Arsenal from Laurent Koscielny who cut his head during Wednesday’s 3-0 against Fenerbahce in Turkey.