Mathieu Flamini is training with former club Arsenal. He left the Gunners five years ago on a free transfer to join Italian giants AC Milan and has made the opposite switch back, however only for training purposes.
His contract expired this summer and although AC Milan offered a new contract of two years to the midfielder, the Frenchman declined the offer, opting for a new challenge.
“Milan offered me a contract for two years but I need to take my time and make the right decision.”
His move back to Arsenal for training is no hint that a contract will follow as Arsene Wenger has often allowed former stars back to return with Thierry Henry, David Bentley, Robert Pires and Sol Campbell all being allowed back as well as former LA Galaxy star David Beckham. Wenger has always allowed players to train with his squad to keep fit and Flamini’s case is no different.
The midfielder has hinted he would be open to a move back to Arsenal after enjoying his first spell with the club.
“I’ve been in Italy for five years, I’ve had a great time and learnt a lot but I miss England and I want to win the Premier League.”
“It has a special place in my heart. I like the pace and the physicality of English football and I like that every game is very open.”
Flamini’s time at Arsenal only saw him become an established first team player in his final season but offers what the current squad is lacking. The club are in desperate need of a holding midfielder and Flamini wouldn’t cost a penny.