Rumours have surfaced on Twitter (yeah, we know…) that Mathieu Flamini is training with Arsenal as he looks for a new club in England.
The 29-year-old, who was the epitome of versatility during his four-years in London, left the Gunners for AC Milan on a free in 2008 only for a succession of serious knee injuries to blight his time in Italy.
Initially released by the Serie A giants this time last summer, the French international ended up staying another year at the San Siro playing 21 times in all competitions last term.
Out of contract again (despite having a a new offer on the table from the Rossoneri), the former Marseille man spoke publicly last month about his desire to return to England telling the Sun:
“Milan offered me a contract for two years but I need to take my time and make the right decision.
“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.”
It remains to be seen whether Flamini is someone Wenger thinks can strengthen his squad ahead of the new season (we are light in the defensive midfielder stakes after all) or whether he’s just lending a helping hand in the same way he’s allowed Thierry Henry, Sol Campbell, Robert Pires, Freddie Ljungberg and Jeremie Aliadiere train with us in the past.
Given the way Arsenal have taken to satirising the summer transfer window Arseblog News wouldn’t be surprised if Flamini signed on at the Emirates before breaking down in training and joining Diaby on the treatment table.
Of course, this could all be a load of old codswallop, we just couldn’t face writing another Suarez ‘update’.