Flamini threatens to cut off arms in shirt protest

Mathieu Flamini sleeves

Mathieu Flamini told Arsene Wenger that he’d be prepared to hack off his own arms rather than back down in the ongoing row over his shirt sleeves.

The Frenchman has taken a scissors to the long-sleeved shirts in his last two games, something that caused a row with kit man Vic Akers and upset people who think a tradition is being disrespected.

Pressed on the matter last night after the comfortable 2-0 win over Marseille, Arsene Wenger said the tradition should be upheld, saying, “Yes. I don’t like that and he will not do that again. I was surprised. We don’t want that.”

But there was dressing room drama as Flamini drew a razor sharp Katana from his locker and told the Arsenal boss he’d rather live an armless life than wear long sleeves.

The midfielder had to be talked out of it by Per Mertesacker who reminded him it would make it very difficult for him to blind opponents if he didn’t have any arms.

Further talks are planned today with Wenger set to tell Flamini to just roll up his sleeves and get on with it.

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  1. Even without arms he’d still a tough cookie. But seriously…..is it THIS thats gonna cause a stir in the dressing room. If so, fucking sort it now.

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    • when i read this all over the internet, I honestly thought it was a joke

      ” threatened to cut his arm off”

      what a load of garbage

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      • Ta.

        I’m going to assume there’s not a rule that says you all have to wear exactly the same (else Flamini would’ve been called on it before), is it a psychological thing?

        I personally can’t see why players can’t wear what they want, if Flamini want’s to be a hard, weather ignoring bastard, be my guest!

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        • I vaguely remember that Vieira introduced the rule whereby everyone wears either long or short sleeves as dictated by the captain. Some kind of unity type psychology.

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        • I seriously can’t be the only one who thinks “who the fuck cares?”

          He has been awesome for the team this year, I had my doubts on him joining on a free thinking if he was what we needed and I am pleased I was utterly wrong. He’s been the enforcer in the centre of the park we’ve missed.

          If he wants to wear short sleeves, give him a bloody short sleeved top. I really do not see the problem in this. Talk about mountain out of a molehill.

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        • I really don’t see what the fuss all about?

          ……….short , long, medium sleeves?….who cares?

          I personally don’t give a toss as long as arsenal keep winning!

          i will take an arsenal goal anydayand will not be bothered by the length of the goal scorer’s sleeves, thank you!


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      • If you plays football then you must know sometimes long sleeved is on you nerv and with rolled up is gonna worse than long sleeved and sometimes recognize can’t run with rolled up of course it’s happern for some players. My personal idea : traditions can changes for better situation. All players should have a choice for T-shirt. Tonight In the Zesca Moscow-Bayern Munchen match, Javi Martinez wore short sleeved in the cold weather of Moscow. I know Arsenal is not Bayern but i think it’s players choice.

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    • Because a skipper decides on matchday which kind of shirts (long/short sleeves) team is going to play and everybody has to wear the same lenght.

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        • Anything to do with the tightness of the sleeves?
          Tight sleeves when rolled up create tight blockages of body heat and hence are not comfortable. Especially for someone works/runs as hard as Flamini, the heat is unbearable.

          Kit men can get Flamini a slightly bigger size shirt so that it is still loose and makes him feel comfortable when rolling up his sleeves.

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        • Traditions have to start somewhere.

          Perhaps in a hundred years time the media will lambast Arsenal’s future midfield enforcer for not “doing a Flamini”, and taking a pair of scissors to his shirt – thereby disrespecting a tradition started by the clubs legendary 2013-14 treble winning midfield enforcer/pointer.

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  2. In no particular order, Flamini should either:

    a) roll his sleeves up and get on with it
    b) paint his armswith Dulux brilliant white emulsion.
    c) become captain
    d) cut his arms off

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    • As the last three are joke making, then the only serious and possible solution is the first of your suggestions.

      However, with the sleeves rolled up, for me it even looks more ugly and rebellious than wearing a short-sleeve shirt (while your captain is wearing one with long sleeves).

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      • Suggestion c) wasn’t really a joke and he probably would be captain if he hadn’t run off to Milan so he should treat wearing long sleeves as Penance!

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        • e) everyone stops getting their knickers in a twist over absolutely nothing and instead, look at the premier league table and have a laugh at Tottenham’s ‘title credentials’

          Fuck me, kids starving in Africa and we’re fretting over a player who wants to wear short sleeves.

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        • You raise a valid and hilarious point, but please don’t be the guy who brings starving kids in Africa in to completely non-related arguments.

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        • When adding a modicum of perspective, I feel it’s relevant.

          We’re top of the league by 4 points, our biggest rivals in Chelsea, Manchester United, Manchester City and (to a hilariously lesser degree) Spurs are all sitting there talking about a crisis.

          We’ve spent almost 9 miserable bloody years bemoaning our quality. We bemoaned our manager, our board, our players and even our traditions. Now we’re sitting atop the Premier League and people choose to find a problem in one player wanting to wear short sleeve tops?

          Yeah, a bit of a perspective wouldn’t go amiss here at all.

          We’re a club supported by moaners. Even during the invincible season, these same select few found things to criticise whilst the rest of us were losing our heads and getting swept up in the good times. Forgive me for allowing myself to be swept along by the good times again whilst I laugh my arse off at all those who choose to moan about something so ridiculously trivial during the good times.

          Up the Arsenal, long may the good times continue, hopefully up until May at least. I sure as hell am not going to let the attire of someone who bleeds Red and White disrupt my enjoyment of all things Arsenal right now. Let the guy wear whatever he wants and may all the moaners find solace in Tottenham’s “title credentials” in tatters. Again. Like every other bloody year. This early in the season. Small club syndrome.

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  3. if it’s making him uncomfortable then the board shld get him short sleeve, it’s nt big deal afterall barca’s pique doesn’t wear long & no one make drama out of it….

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    • Wenger has finally claimed Fergie’s throne. He has created the perfect non-story to deflect the World’s attention away from our recent loss to United and take pressure off of the players as we enter a tough run of games. This story will run and run, and I don’t see the ‘arm in that.

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    • and ten others suffer from the cold weather.

      However, I don’t see the benefit of this old tradition, which arguably might work with teams with largely English/British players.

      I feel that the Club is a bit overly conservative on this policy. Traditions can be created and can be abandoned.

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      • Never underestimate the power of tradition. It can make you feel a part of something enduring and it can generate pride in your own and your team/culture’s achievements. Our traditions are a part of the reason so many ex-players love the Club and want to come back to it. This is a fine tradition, and Flamini has written himself into the folklore of the Club by finding an unusual way to not only challenge it, but simultaneously highlight it too.

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  4. Why are players forced to wear what they’re not comfy in? Sleeves shouldn’t be a big deal, come on now! This is ridiculousness!

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      • Wenger would have made sure we were talking about this if we had lost our last two games. It’s better than having everybody talk about an Arsenal losing streak.

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  5. why can’t we just concentrate on wining matches.?.If Flamini has to wear a tattered shirt for THE ARSENAL to win a Trophy,so be it!.NOW THE LITTLE BOY IN PIERS MORGAN IS HAPPY,COZ HE’S JUST GOT THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPIT CRAP ONCE MORE.COYG!!!!!

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  6. Trust Arsenal fans to go looking for something controversial. Top of the league, top of the group but still bitching about something.

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  7. I don’t get why all players have to wear the same thing but I don’t see how sleeves will really make a difference to Flamini. Just roll them up and keep blinding people.

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  8. If it’s not a contravention of any health and safety rules or regulations, let him be.

    Some players like to feel free and unrestricted. Theo doesn’t like them either and pulls them up to the top of his fore arm, making his sleeve look 3/4 length with the fold over. TR7 likes them long.

    Exclude him from the captains choice and allow him to wear short sleeves. Simple really. Couldn’t be worse than snipping them.

    We could talk about sock length – Jack and Flamini like them shorter than most. I bet if he could, Flamini wouldn’t wear shinpads.

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      • Unity does not necessarily mean everyone needs to be the same. There can be unity in individuality. As long as we connect on the pitch and work for each other in defence and attack, isn’t that the type of unity we want?? That is what will win us a long awaited trophy!

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  9. It’s outrageous Flamini cuts his sleeves off….those poor 10 year olds in the Tailand sweat shops work damn hard to make those shirts.

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  10. When things are going badly, the media talk about our football and club and how we’re too lightweight and mentally weak.

    When things are going well, the media talk about Flamini cutting off his shirt sleeves…… I mean, really??

    Can’t the press just not talk about us at all?

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    • I know, I almost prefer them slagging us off.

      I was listening to the commentary for the Marseille game and that muppet Steve Nichol was sledging them more than us. I felt dirty and immediately took a shower after the game finished.

      I like it better when people doubt us, feels sweeter when we shut them up.

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  11. Why are so many people responding to this so seriously?
    you do know the above article is more in “jest” than anything else right?
    YES, the sleeve story is true but do you honestly think ANYONE at afc are bothered about it really?
    We are top of the league, and things are going ok. the media need something to write about.
    Dont take life so seriously….
    read the blog again and read the “fabricated” tweets… if you dont laugh, you obviously dont get the publishers humour, wit or personality.
    Arsenal Supporters. …jeeez!!

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  13. For F**ks sake, let him wear short sleeves, do not want him distracted by his long sleeves..what if if gets confused between the whites of the football and his longer sleeve…(on a serious note he does use his arms a lot more to balance/pivot/turn, a lot more than others)
    its a newish tradition, remember the purpose of it when introduced was to show togetherness..
    if the very same tradition brings discord then change it, start a new one.

    Problem is most of us including posters above forget the ‘purpose’ and hang on to the ‘medium/conduit’ to achieve this.
    This is a tradition (medium/conduit) started to achieve a purpose(solidarity/psychology etc).
    Hence if it stops working it should be changed…
    There’s a fine line between being totalitarian and showing togetherness.

    My thoughts of-course.

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  14. What a truly selfish cunt! Fancy wanting to wear a tshirt on a football pitch. Its about time they took those traditional black boots off him and gave him some pink ones.

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  15. Just for the protection I’d advise him to wear long sleeves all year round. I’m pretty sure other teams will want to have a bite of him in the near future (starting with Suarez) cause he keeps demolishing them and having protective long sleeves would increase his chances of survival tenfold.

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  16. if Flamini feels so strongly about short sleeves, he should be allowed to wear them. I like tradition but it shouldn’t trump player comfort.

    I know everyone likes our away shirts, but as someone that has a strong personal distaste for polo style collars, if I was a star player in the team, I’d hope I could get a special v neck version of the shirt.

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    • Player comfort …. This is exactly how nazi germany started.. today sleeves tomorrow Flamini will invade poland

      Mark my words

      Were gonna win the league tm

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  17. I would much prefer him to chop the Dutch Skunks bollocks off rather than his own arms.
    How would he be able to pick up the Premier League trophy in may?

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  18. I think the hacked off sleeves are, as well as being rather endearing, a fair compromise: if Flamini had his own way he’d be playing naked apart from some warpaint and a necklace made from bits of his previous victims, probably living in some rudimentary hovel or hermitage at the side of the Emirates’ pitch, living on raw pigeon and pie scraps, emerging only to repel invasions of his realm and howl at the moon.

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  19. This sleeve issue may seem trivial to some but traditions are traditons and they have to be respected. If so many greats have followed it without a problem over the years, why can’t flamini do it? If he’s already been warned once at OT and he does it again, honestly it shows a lack of respect. Don’t get me wrong, the lad will take a bullet for the team. But you’re just another member of AFC and you do what it required of you as a member of AFC, no matter how small and irrelevant it seems.

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  20. if he feels more comfortable in short sleeves why shouldn’t he f@cking wear them. Wojech never wears long sleeves presumable because he feels they would hinder him in some way, i dont see why this cant extend to flaming

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  21. All traditions should be abandoned when they fail to have meaning. I think the psychology of our team will be perfectly fine if Flamini wants to play in cut off sleeves. In fact he is the kind of rouge/rebel character that can help improve the teams mentality by being different. Instead of holding up some lame tradition stand up for him!

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  22. stupid tradition, let the wear their shirts the way they please. what difference does it make? its not like wearing the same sleaves made them win a cup inthe last 8 years

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  23. All traditions have to start somewhere, so we now have two shirtsleeve traditions:

    1) The captain chooses sleeve length before each game and the team abide by it

    2) If anybody disagrees they may cut the sleeves off of their long sleeved shirt,
    or alternatively must sew extra lengths of sleeve to their short-sleeved shirt.
    Ragged edges or uneven stitches will be punished by the player having to sing a song to the crowd before the second half begins.

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  24. I hate to be the grown up here, but uniform is about attention to detail and suppressing personal preference to the of the benefit of the whole group. The tradition of uniform is that it is uniform, it instills discipline and togetherness. You want to be a Maverick, drive Formula one. You want to play in a team, follow the bosses rules. Its not a democracy.

    It isn’t about comfort, any sleeved shirt can be made comfortable. Its about wanting to rebel. You know what, get back in line soldier!

    Sgt Major Bould, take over please.

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  25. I seem to miss the whole thing? If I was on that money and I was told to wear armour sleeves well . I would be making some propper noise down the wings !

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  26. He runs and sweats so much that he loses up to 3kg per game. If he had long sleeves he would have to devour the corpses of his victims to regain body weight.

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  27. Sports locker rooms are filled with eccentric personalities and if Flamini wants to always wear short sleeves, let him.

    Sometimes, you just have to embrace your “inner-weird”.

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  28. Telling Flamini sleeves he has to wear, was the cut-off point cuz arms he loves to bare. Seriously tho we cannot have our players looking like Fred Flintstone designed their shirts.

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  29. Personally I couldn’t give a f*ck.

    Flamini should wear what he pleases, except paddy power pants or a t*ttenham shirt.

    Both of which would make him look like a tit.

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  30. Why have the club put this in the news? No one would even notice if they just shut their mouths. Let him wear what he likes. Give him a R & W vest ffs.

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  31. Its said “to be a good leader, you should be a good follower”.
    I think this a rebellion against the Captain. Flamini probably thinks he should be Captain, and as such, should not honor directives from an ‘undeserving’ Captain??!
    They should better get this settled before it affects the club’s performance…
    Love the way we are riding the EPL…

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