Mathieu Flamini’s contract situation at AC Milan has given Arsenal something to think about. They club are in the market for a defensive midfielder and could do worse than bring Flamini back to the Emirates. Reports already abound that Wenger is interested in bringing back to London.
The French midfielder left the London club in 2008 on a free transfer to join Milan and could now make the switch back. Flamini has expressed his love for the Premier League and spoke of how he has missed the league’s physicality.
Arsenal are in need of a midfield anchor with replacement bought in for Alex Song when he joined Barcelona last summer. Mikel Arteta was made in to a makeshift holding midfielder last season, a role he performed well, but the club are looking for a more natural player to fit the role.
Flamini struggled to become a household name during his time at the Gunners but was a regular in midfield in his final season, playing a more defensive role and striking a superb relationship with Cesc Fabregas who was able to roam forward more. The club offered the Frenchman improved terms but he opted for a move to Serie A.
He was won the Scudetto once during his five years at Milan and feels it could be time for another move away with a reunion with Arsenal a possibility. The Gunners have struggled in the transfer market thus far having a £19 million offer for Lars Bender rejected. The club’s interest in Marouane Fellaini has cooled with Wenger refusing to meet the £24 million release clause of the Belgian. Wenger is desperate for a midfielder to protect his defence and could opt for a move for Flamini with a familiarity of how the player plays and a ‘friendship’ with the player and the club.
He may not be the superstar signing fans have been craving but he could be as important as one if he can regain the form he had in his final year at Arsenal before leaving fir Italy.
Should he be allowed back considering the way he left in the first place.