Flamini training at Arsenal?

Flamini training at Arsenal?

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’.

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    • Sorry in advance, I just have to make a Suarez comment to get it off my chest! Brendan Rogers is a total clown.

      “Liverpool is about ambition and commitment. It’s also about dignity and being dignified. Those are the four values that run through my mind when I think about Liverpool” then 30 seconds later he says “Respect, humility and Dignity. That’s what Liverpool is all about”.

      First of all, dignity and being dignified are the same thing, so that was only 4 things. And secondly. if those are the 4 values, how comes you suddenly changed the values to totally different things 30 seconds later? And how is asking for a transfer worse than all the other shit Suarez has done. Didn’t see him complaining about him tarnishing Liverpool’s values when he started biting people. I don’t really care about the things Suarez did to be honest, footballers are twats, if you don’t expect anything different and just watched them because they’re good at kicking a ball, it doesn’t disappoint you anymore. But your can’t take the moral high ground after wearing t-shirts supporting someone who said something horrifically racist. You just look like an idiot.

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      • brendan spoke of dignity, humility and commitment. remember he’s a guy who broke his commitment with Swansea to further his own personal career and then reneged on his agreement with them to not sign their players (no dignity, no commitment, and no humility).

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        • Bell end #1 Brendan Rodgers, with his ‘honour’ and ‘respect’ bullshit. Its as clear as day what Suarez intended in his dealings with him last year. And as clear as day that Rodgers just lied to the guy. Rodgers mentioned class – he should look at how Wenger treated Robin last year and Cesc the year before: with courtesy and class. What a complete knob Rodgers is.

          Bell end #2 David Moyes: Great but unsurprising news, that that hero among men, the great Cesc Fabregas has told Moyes to go fuck himself. Cesc is a man of honour. Respect to him. And maybe Moyes can reflect on his ill advised tirade against our captain at the |Emirates a few years back. A total bell end. And JamU will be lucky to make the top 4 with that tool at the helm.

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  1. This is just the kind of underwhelming signing I expect Wenger to make. No disrespect to Flamini he did a decent job before maybe he can again.

    With regards to Suarez if it finally goes through my thoughts will just be it’s about fucking time! Rather than being excited about it! That goes for any signing though to be fair!

    Oh to be a gooner!

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    • I actually don’t mind him, it would be nice to have a player who was around when arsenal were at their best. He will be a decent squad player and do a job in places that need filling in. Can’t imagine his wages will be a problem and no transfer fee, just how Wenger likes it.

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      • Personally would like it if he signs, but I know it’s unlikely and not many people are that pumped for it.

        As utile as utility gets, I would bet he can play center-forward as well, so all positions are covered, except maybe goalkeeper, since Suarez is clearly better at frightening strikers and keeping.

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      • Must admit I didn’t watch Flamini play all that much after he left, but my feeling is that age and injury have taken the toll. I very much doubt he’s the same player he was when he left, but I’d be happy to be enlightened otherwise.

        Anyone here watch Milan enough to give us an update on his recent level of performance?

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    • We should be targeting Luis Gustavo for DM. He wants to come to England and could possibly be had for 10-15. Flamini can come back on a free, as long as we pay him peanuts as he’ll only be squad fodder.

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      • Would be a “prodigal son” story and a half if he eneded up back at the arse and playing well. Still deserves a slap for running off the way he did but I’ve always liked him.

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  2. I’d happily take him back (assuming he’s up to standard), but I would be disappointed if he was the only midfield recruit this summer. We really need to strengthen there.

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    • oh no oh no lol, i for one followed ac milan last few years (not a supporter) but you definitely do not want flamini. he is broken, not the man that left the emirates trust me.

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      • Sorry, but he wasn’t that good when he left Arsenal. He had a good six-month spell for us during a four-year career, and got a move to Miiiiilan on the back of it.
        My recollection of him during his first three years at Arsenal was that he got endless stick from the fans because he was such a hopeless passer of the ball.

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        • I don’t remember him getting stick at all. In fact, I remember us thinking that we had a good squad player (his performance at LB during THAT Champions League run was outstanding). His stand-out season with us not surprisingly occurred when he was given a chance to play as a regular starter rather than a squad player, which suggests he always had the quality, but just not the opportunity.

          As an aside, that 07-08 midfield we had of Rosicky-Flamini-Fabregas-Hleb was amazing. Most say that the wheels came off our title charge that season because of Eduardo’s injury, but I’d argue it was as much to do with the loss of Rosicky (who picked up his long-term injury just prior to the B’ham game).

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  3. If the premier league has a special place in his heart and he wants to win it and almost did with Arsenal, then why THE FUCK DID HE LEAVE ON A FUCKING FREE???!!!
    I’m not angry at all…

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      • Oh, but wasn’t he a HUGE fan of Milan? And although he’s French, he’s actually Italian? And some other bollocks, too?

        You’re completely correct here. Money, money, money!

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        • Looking at it objectively, you can’t blame him. He’s earned far more money from moving there than a player of his standard should have. From an Arsenal fan perspective it was pretty devastating in my opinion, we were on the cusp of something great with that team, but after that it gradually unravelled. And here we are now. Ironically we’ve got the money to keep our players now, but they’ve all gone.

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        • That was a great team. Should have bloody won the title in 07-08. But then he left, Hleb left, Rosicky got crocked, Eduardo got brutalised, and and you say, it gradually unravelled. Hopefully we can keep these lads together a bit longer and add some more quality, but yeah, that was a great team.

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  4. Is Flamini good enough ? Will the fans accept him back ? Also there was a rumour that Marica of Schalke, now a free agent has been offered to Arsenal.

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  5. Why all the ex players who did betrayed us come back to train again in our field? Guess finally they realize, the grass of neighborhood isn’t greener than ours.

    I hope we won’t end up with him *pleaseeee

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    • The same reason we get players that weren’t even part of our team (here’s looking at you Beckham) come to train with us. We have the best training facilities in England, due to the money we have thrown at them and Wenger is always happy to help a player out if it might benefit the younger players (“Here’s what not to do when you have a good season”)

      If Flamini joins, I reckon Fabregas would want to come back and rekindle that partnership again. That would be another positive for him…..

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    • Not sure that “betray” is right in the case of Flamini. He made it very clear that he would not be signing a new contract and we let him play out his final year – and, to be fair to AW, at the time he was no more than a squad player and nobody thought any more of it. However, in his final season he starred, especially at LB in the run through to the CL Final, helping to keep a record number of clean sheets, and this got him his move to Milan.

      As long as he’s still at that standard, I’d have him back.

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  6. I think I am in the minority here, but I’d be quite happy if he played for us again. He was a tough little shit when he played for us and we need that (trying to find a youtube link to an amazing tackle he did for us, but I can’t seem to find it anymore).

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  8. Wasnt that bad for us, always did put in a shift. Not entertaining that he becomes the DM signing we were craving about but cant just discard his experience . Arteta was not having a good time at everton before he joined us and now he is main midfield man . Also dont know if its true but wasnt he on market (before that one good year) where no one bid for him and Arsene said we will see what happens next summer. If this really was the case then yes he was bound for a pay rise of extra 10k and would have angered many Arsenal fans if he did became a hit in Milan which he couldnt.

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  9. I would actually be quite pleased if he signed again, I quite liked him when he was at Arsenal and he liked to get about and tackle everybody, we need a player who can be tough in the middle, and the squad does lack depth at the moment, he could add extra cover in the midfield. Great update as always though.

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  10. How underwhelming. The guy had 6 good months while putting himself in the shop window. It was Arsene at his blinkered best, believing he’d sign a contract so playing him at the expense of Lasana Diara and eventually losing them both. I see Capoue is linked to Spurs now, he’ll probably end up being a quality player we passed over. Still, as soon as Diaby is fit we’ll be alright.
    At what point does someone at our club realise what a complete bollox of a close season we’re having and do something. I genuinely don’t think we’ll make any good signings now, history has shown Arsene to be stubborn at the expense of the teams performance.

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    • The logic would be to look at Zelalem and maybe Aneke coming through along with our already youthful midfield and say that a younger Capoue wouldn’t be as efficient as letting Flamini cover for a few years…no help to us now though and we need to push on THIS season but it wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

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      • What’s the Latin for ‘Jam Tommorrow’ – I’ve heard the commercial dept are pushing for it to be our new motto. Preservatus Infinitus?

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    • They will wait until we lose to Sp*rs on September 1st, then make some panic buys on September 2nd.
      History repeating itself from 2011.

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  11. Good option to have as a squad player considering the number of departures we have had so far. Have a feeling we are going for the quadruple this season with an eclectic mix of imminent world class arrivals and signing decent quality free agents.

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  12. Maybe there’s been a mix up… Flamini/Fellaini. Could happen. Maybe the massive Belgian is having his medical right now. Maybe we’ll sign ‘em both. I’d be very happy with that, for sure.

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  13. Better than nothing I suppose but if this is true, and this does materialize as a signing, it is unbelievably depressing how our ambitions and expectations of top top quality signing have regressed over the course of this window.

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  14. Well, who saw that one coming?

    He is decent enough for a substitute I suppose, but if he wound up being the only signing this summer together with sweet, sweet Sanogo, I will hurt myself.

    I mean really, imagine if someone told you three months ago that we will fuck up the Higu deal, the Suarez affair will become an uncomfortable stain in your pants and in the end we signed (wait for it) FLAMINI. Lovely!

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    • Funnily enough I wouldn’t have been surprised at all. Nothing surprises me anymore with this club.

      Do you know what would surprise me? If we signed a proven world class player, and one who’s coming into his prime. Two or three would make my fucking year.

      Weirdly, I’ve been feeling for the whole summer that there was a reasonable possibility we might see the Flamster return. As bitter as I felt about his departure it actually felt worse because Diarra and Gilberto also left us up shit creak without a paddle. That’s three brilliant defensive midfielders all gone in one season.
      I wouldn’t mind having him back. I think he’s a prick for leaving the way he did but if he can do a job for us then I’m all for it. He would only make us stronger in that department.

      It’s rubbish that we’re in this position with only just over a week to the start of the season, but what compounds the shitty feeling is all the blurb we had from Ivan at the start of the summer. He should’ve just kept his mouth shut. All he’s done is massively build up the hopes of the fans and, if nothing gets sorted now, spectacularly let everyone down. I’m still clinging to that tiny thread of hope that something good will happen but that it hasn’t yet is poor planning in the extreme.

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      • Well, hope never dies I guess. Hopefully Wenger has something up his sleeves that will satisfy our thirst for blood. If not, fuck it, give me a drink!

        In other news, the upcoming season will give me reason to drink more than ever!

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      • @Merlin’s Panini: “Do you know what would surprise me? If we signed a proven world class player”

        We’re on the verge of signing the 2nd best striker in the Premiership if you haven’t noticed.

        He’s a racist. He bites people. But he is world class, and if he bangs in 30 a goals a season for us, he could be a Nazi for all I care.

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        • we’ll see… I’m not going to believe it until it happens. But yes, you’re right, he is world class. He also happens to be a world class cunt though. We wouldn’t be able to rely on a player like him, not knowing when he’s going to flip and do something mental. £51 million for a player (as is the rumoured next bid) of his quality is fair. £51 million for a person of his quality is crazy. And if you don’t care about that side of him then that’s really worrying. Look at all the shit he’s dragged Liverpool through. I’d rather anyone but him. He’s the last choice of any player of that quality that anyone in their right mind would want.

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        • I really do hope pool sticks to their guns,they will have one sulking player all year,next season he will be available for free.

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      • @ merlin panini, i wish u can be my frnds on Facebook. This the first tym I’ve heard someone speak the truth about dis club of ours. I always tell people arsenal problem is not wenger. But the men @ the helm of th affair. I never knew u understanding it too. The board is not helping the ambition of these club, don’t be surprise if thing continue the its going we would loss all our best players next season including wenger. These man has been crying of strengthening the squad since the close of season yet, we are yet to see an addition. They won’t talk of nothin else cos they £40 million for suarez. We need more than him, why can’t there get players for other areas of need, while we wait for suarez? We have a dead board i tell you. Arsenal died the day David Dein left. Why is usmanof not in d board? Cos they knw he won’t their attitude of not wanting to spend.

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  15. Never liked him, hope he finds a club soon and fecks off. Judging from how he left, you would think there would be some bad blood between him and arsenal….i dont get it.

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    • He really wasn’t good enough to get in a tizz about. At least we can thank him for that shocking ‘tackle’ against the scum a couple of years back.

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  16. He was incredible in those days but nobody’s sure now if he still has it in him. Sure, worth a punt considering he’s free but wouldn’t want him to end up as deadwood, which we’ve pretty much got rid of mostly. Still, something better than nothing and all that.

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  17. Just waiting for Suarez to turn up in another teams shirt at the moment. Like Bayern Munich but maybe a team with both Suarez and Robben in it would be just waiting to fall out with each other.

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  18. Saying that wouldn’t mind Flamini back actually would be smart business. 21 appearances is a lot at the end of the day. Only if we buy Luis Gustavo as well and give the midfield depth.

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  19. Why would we even let him train with us, the guy lied his way out the club on a free to get a big pay day. I don’t believe this one bit and quite frankly I hope this guy is not allowed anywhere near our club. We should have identified better options that Flamini a one season wonder who played for a big move to get sit on the bench out in Italy.

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  20. We don’t need any transfers our squad is good enough to win both the EPL, ECL, the FA cup and the Capital One. We will win all 63 games . B52 for captain.

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  21. Wouldn’t mind him at all as cheap back up. Not sure he’s quite the destroyer he was becoming when he left but I’d gladly have him back. Then we could focus on a creative midfielder, defender & striker. I’m less impressed with these nobody trialists we’re pursuing.

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  22. Frimmers also posted a picture of himself and SOL at Arsenals training ground yesterday.

    New 4th choice center back!

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  23. Ooooh! Flamini? All of our troubles are over! Truly this is a signing of top quality! I can’t wait to see him back! Wenger clearly knows what he’s doing!

    For fucks sake.

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  24. This is just a real floater in the bowl moment.

    The potential contract negotiations need to be held as such:

    AW: You left for lots of money

    Flam: Yes

    AW: You have been injured and picked up a paycheque the whole time

    Flam: Yes

    AW: You played well for 6 months in your whole career

    Flam: Yes

    AW: Fuck OFF!

    Flam: Please!

    AW: Ok, here is the contract zero per game and zero per month, you get to keep your image rights.

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    • Actually, I think that’s one of the funniest comments I’ve seen on this blog. Maybe I have a porr sense of humour, meh.

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  25. I did it in meiner freizeit, charectar explanation for first name
    A – Always looking like serious type of mood
    R – Reaching for 4th postion is sufficient
    S – Sensible signings of kids but sometime backfire
    E – Eveyrones support till last few year
    N – Nobody has insight into his brain or what decision it will make
    E – Eyes like penertation into soul.

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  26. To me Flamini was the first cunt, leaving us when he was reaching his prime and when we really needed him. Good thing is he never showed that class while in Milan. Let him train, but hopefully we dont sign him. I hope he goes to a club that fights relegation or a mid table one.

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    • I don’t think what he did was that bad. Didn’t Wenger drop him for the Champions League final? He’d played every game at left back because Cole was injured, and the team broke a record for clean sheets. Flamini was awesome, then Cole was fit for the final and Wenger played him. Not saying it was the wrong decision, Cole was brilliant, but if you’re Flamini, that’s got to hurt a lot. You’ve just formed part of a defence that hasn’t conceded any goals and helped your team to the final, then you get dropped. Then Milan offer him a fuck load of money, and that’s got to make you feel wanted. I’d have loved for him to have stayed, but I get why he left.

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  27. Why. Why the fuck is our club run by drunks? Can’t we be business like for once? Jesus, The spuds who are the epitome of shit, have signed 3/4 very good players? How is this possible, when we finish above them on a consistent basis. All I their players would strengthen our squad, yet we chase the hopeless case (bitey) and provide a home for the infirm.

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    • Suarez is banned for 6 games.
      That means we’ll be in no rush to buy and they will be in no rush to sell.
      It’ll be transfer deadline day or around then when we sign him.
      Assuming we don’t get pipped at the post by petro dollars.

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      • We have suffer morethan £51m if dats wat will give us a title y didn’t they offer it since or giv Madrid £30m for higuian, £21m for Bernard, £24m felliani. With the £8m front jovy sales, all would have been settle. Pls add me on Facebook. Merlin.

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  28. “I can assure the fans we will try very hard to keep them happy. We are certainly ready to spend the money, but the process is going slowly but surely.” Arsene Wenger.

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    • “Slowly”, as in “We are looking at Flamini, hopefully we can get him within three months”.

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    • @MOSH
      You should know even wenger doesn’t trust he boss when it comes to how they handle transfer issue so he can’t it the way we would want to hear. Cos he could yes we want to sign this fellow and the club could the next day refuse to sign the player cos there is additional £2m lik d case of torres and Kyrt before they move to Liverpool.

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  29. I’d take him as 3rd choice LB and to add some steel to our Carling cup CDM.

    He’s 29, not 39, people are acting like we’re trying to sign a relic

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  30. What does it say about us when I wouldn’t mind us signing Flamini as at least we would have signed someone.

    I love Wenger and I think without him in charge since the stadium move we would have been in right trouble. He just doesn’t make it easy to be a Gooner at the moment. We need a new spine to them team. The players we have are ok but none would compare to say Adams, Vieria, Henry. That’s a spine to a side. Get Suarez and Fellaini (DM) this summer then with our millions next summer by a real top top centre back and keeper.

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  31. Would he count as a new signing or only like a new signing?

    I want proper, unambiguous, new signings and nothing else.

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  32. My fear is that if we sign him and he flops, we will have put him on wages that we can never get rid of until he retires. This will also mean one less squad spot for a promising youngster who sees their way blocked, leaves and blows up for another club…

    But it’s probably illogical to think that way.

    ::quiet sobs::

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  33. He was super top notch during his last season with us. I’d take him. Although if we also get Suarez we would be starting to look like a team of horrible bastards. I wouldn’t want them corrupting our wonderful youth.

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  34. If the sight and thought of Flamini training with us doesn’t bring in the world class players we were promised at the start of the summer, I don’t know what will.

    Nothing aqainst Flamini, but would any of the top 6 clubs (other than us) even think about signing him?

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  35. Nigel we had a team of complete and utter bastards when we were winning things. Vieira, Keown, Bergkamp, Lehmann, even Lauren.

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    • Those were the days. We really are missing that ‘Utter C**t’ factor that can give us that little bit extra. Wenger’s gone all soft and technical in recent years. No coincidence we lack battle sometimes.

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      • It seems he’s trying to play the Barcelona style. Only the EPL is much more physical. Not surprising though, apparently Guardiola is trying to get Bayern to play more like Barca, er…

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  36. I for one would welcome him back. We need the defensive cover and numbers in the squad. he gave his all for us even if he didnt leave in the best way, it was certainly better than some other players exits recently. It isnt exactly hes alexandr hleb’d his time away from us either. Hes been decent for milan when fit.

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  37. i hate any thing that comes free because the value of such thing is not defined.
    we have 70m to spend why go for free free players? i am tired of this childs play transfer wenger is playing. any way i dont mind having him back in the squad only if he is in a good form.

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  38. An injury prone striker signed, now talk lf an injury prone ex player coming back…woooo…great.
    Now all we need is to sign a player who moves from one calamity to another on a regular basis and the president and vice president of the Council Of Neurotic Masochistic Managers And No Signings (or CONMMANS for short) mr Arsene Wenger and mr Ivan Gazidis will consider it a summer well spent….(sigh).

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  39. Strange too see people feel Flamini “betrayed” Arsenal. Back in 2005 and 2006 I seem to remember that Flamini was about as popular as Bendtner are today. But perhaps it’s only good players who are capable of betrayal.

    Wouldn’t mind a versatile midfielder like Flamini un the squad now…

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  40. Wenger is playing a secret transfer in emirate fans just be patience things wil change dis season cal me on 08086500735 for latest news frm emirate

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    • He’s going to transfer fans at the emirates? To where? That is pretty secretive and a little out of character…. Usually they need the fans to buy the tickets.

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      • Sylvester, are you related to the chap who posts here using the moniker Amaury Bischoff? Your grammar – free rambles are remarkably similar.

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  41. Well it is the “Lucky Dip Season” in the Premier League. The time Wenger looks forward to. He loves the thrill of shutting his eyes, reaching down in bargain barrel and seeing what will come up. Who Know’s might be Squallaci’s clone.

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  42. After watching the emirates cup I think maybe Fernando would be a better option at DM He has one year left on his contract so could probably be had for very little, is very disciplined defensively and can cover CB. I’d still prefer Gonalons because he is a better passer, though that deal looks like a it isn’t going to happen now. I don’t rate the discipline of Gustavo or Felliani and think they are both overpriced anyway.

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  43. Flamini on a pay as you play deal would be mint. Exactly what need in terms of experience and maturity and I think even in a small way he would be an asset.

    Kind tired of people criticising and moaning about any and every possible move the club does or doesn’t make.

    Just chill the fuck out. As fans (any fans) we can’t influence or change anything. Time to just sit back and support instead of analysing everything constantly.

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  44. never thought i’d see the day…. arseblog comments section starting to look like legroves. they a bunch of dimwit no hopers and arseblogs filled with those who consider shit, chocolate…… both unable to appreciate and grasp the status quo

    wake up and smell the coffee, cause in the immortal words of Capt. Haddock we are ‘Billions of bilious blue blistering barnacles!

    this summer has been rubbish! people now considering flamini a viable option…. flamini! he hasn’t been able to command a spot in the weakest milan team for ages, when he is not injured, that is.

    what happened to the summer of higuain and of new beginnings? eh?

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    • That’s true, but also we need to look at the reality. We ARE desperately short of players and just about anyone would improve the squad, especially in defensive positions.

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  45. Just to let you all know, Bernard has gone to Shakhtar. It’s been confirmed on their website, so that’s another one out the window if we were really ever actually in for him.

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  46. It looks like Wenger is thinking the long term central midfield will comprise from Ramsey, Wilshere, Diaby and Ox. While Arteta is currently indispensable choice in the short term, Flamini would be a good squad player to provide experience and competition for a few years. He could also cover right back and left back positions. As a free, I think offering him a year contract would be good business regardless of who else Arsenal may or may not buy.

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  47. Wenger is proabably thinking that if he rotates Diaby and Flamini he can get them both to stay healthy for a while.

    I like the move (If it were to happen), Arsenal need depth at CDM and this would provide it with a very cheap yet capable solution. Who really thinks Wenger is going to go out and buy a fulll-time, expensive CDM? Between Arteta, Wilshere, Ramsey, and Diaby (Can’t believe I’m putting faith in Abou, but still, he’s a body) there would be no empty spot. Surely you won’t sit any of those four if they are healthy, right? A guy who can come in, play when needed, and fill the squad with some capable talent is fine by me.

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    • Not to mention: Mathieu could cover right-back in a pinch.. The more I think about it, the more this move makes a lot of sense.

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  48. The awkward moment when people thought Cesc was coming home to find out its Flamini. hahaha

    Personally though I love his work rate, think we could do with some of his battle in midfield!

    Flamini
    ooohwoah
    Flamini
    He played for AFC
    Then he left us on a FREE
    Flamini!

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  49. He played 22 times for Milan last season, they had a decent Serie A season.
    Definitely worth signing on a free and using as cover.

    He was always real competitive on the pitch, not as good as Silva but more tactically aware than Song.

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  50. Oh come on lads – there is no need to discuss it any further. He’s in age bracket Arsene likes (nowadays), he’s free, he’s french and in the course of last 3 seasons he’s missed almost 80 league games. Of course we’ll sign him…

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  51. Bizarre but this is the likeliest of player transfers to the Arsenal this summer. It’s clearer than ever before that Arsenal Manager Arsene Wenger and CEO Ivan Gazidis are at best, a pair of “balls” and at worst a duo of dick-heads.

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  52. Flamini sucked hard for most. Suddently he made a few good games and took off faster than a bullet remember? Once again I say Fuck Flamini

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  53. What a good idea, stick him on zero-hours contract. They’re all the rage. Make him be ready to put a shift in with 2 hours notice. Or employ him as an inturn.

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  54. We have suffer morethan £51m if dats wat will give us a title y didn’t they offer it since or giv Madrid £30m for higuian, £21m for Bernard, £24m felliani. With the £8m front jovy sales, all would have been settle. Pls add me on Facebook. Merlin.

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  55. I think we don’t need him naw. The time we need him most he was not dea 4 us, so wenger should go 4 gustavoooooo. Goooonerz stil down feel bad about ma comment call 07038150315 an express ur self

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  56. Flamini if I recall correctly was pissed about by Wenger the previous season before he left, he even tried to offload him to Birmingham for a nominal fee, before playing him in his best position and realising he was a decent player (and the rest of Europe hence move to Milan on a free because as usual our ability to negotiate contracts is pure shite). Couldn’t be any worse than what’s there – looking at the first team panel on the arsenal.com website we are really lacking now in depth given the recent cull (required, ps add Gervinho to that list which is now confirmed). If only our negotiators out were our negotiators in #tryingtottrustinarsenebutitsdifficult

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    • That’s what I remember too. That AW treated him pretty badly and alienated him by which point he’d made his mind up to go. Then he had that great season and we all saw what we were going to miss. AW can treat players prettily shabbily sometimes, Gilberto being an obvious example.

      I liked him and would love to see him return. Makes perfect sense as he knows the set up and has worked with the manager and can presumably slot back in. Our experiments with returning players has worked out well so why not?

      Maybe Cesc’s decision to stay at Barcelona for another year which AW clearly knew about before Moyes may see him returning to us.

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  57. People said we needed a world class striker, defensive midfielder and left back, well with the signings of Sonogo and Flamini we have all 3! Wenger, you wiley old fox you’ve done it again + £8 million profit for the summer to boot! Brandies and cigars all round…

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  58. Because we are so light in squad options, Flamini on a free wouldn’t be such a bad signing but for me, Aaron Ramsey is Flamini 2007 so having two very similar squad players seems like a bit of a waste. At least Rambo has youth on his side.

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  59. I follow the results of other major teams (not supporting them of course), Flamini has looked a bit crap for the past couple of seasons. But he can definitely still run around and could be an excellent back up for a couple of seasons. I’m still underwhelmed by this. This squad is good enough for 3/4th place, I’m not worried about missing out on top 4. What pisses me off is that everything is in line for Arsenal this summer. A good, happy squad. A very good 15-16 players who are first team quality, an excellent mix of youth and experience, and we will also improve a lot this year. Plus Manure will struggle, Chelsea won’t the same dominant force this around, and Pellegrini will take a season to adapt to English football.

    We’ve saved almost 500k per week on wages by getting rid of the deadwood, all we needed was 3-4 good signings and the team would be good enough to compete with City and Chelsea for the title.

    I will accept not winning trophies, as long as we try our utmost best and use all our resources (if we do that, I think we are 90% guaranteed to win something anyway). What I hate is seeing us fuck around in the transfer market and lose to shit teams and end up fighting for 4th.

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  60. I’d like him back too. I remember the one spectacular goal he scored, a 35 yard curler into the top corner. Against Newcastle I think it was. We kept putting 3 past them in every game that season. I’m not bothered about his age or injuries, we only need a player who’ll just sit in front of the last four n break play down for the opposition for 90 mins. Of course now our midfield isn’t all that creative. Just keep playing around the box n dwell on the ball too much. But Flamini I’d a nice start at rebuilding Arsenal.

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  61. I’d take him for depth but ….LOL it’s so far from what I was expecting this transfer window. Well played Arsenal, the most unpredictable club in the premier league.

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  62. In 2007-08 Arsenal were undone by the grievous injury to Eduardo deliberately perpetrated by Taylor to help red face win the epl.Wenge r refused to countenance any increase in wages to Flamini and a few others thereby breaking up the nucleus of a title winning team.
    He is responsible for the decline of Arsenal and shd be asked to go if the gunners can’t compete for the epl
    if by Oct the gunners are in mid table. Many fans and I have lost faith in him.

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  63. The lack of silverware is largely due lack of setting proper targets. Every season wenger sets out to win four trophies and brags alot around year how arsenal are very much in the running in 4 competitions… He ends up overusing an average squad ending up with nothing. If wenger targets the FA Cup and maybe Capital one I dont see the reason we cant win. A winning mentality will add alot value to the squad

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