Reports this week suggested that Arsenal had point-blank told Mathieu Flamini that he should find a new club.
Today, Arsene Wenger dismissed them, saying the player wants to stay and that he expect him to be at the club after hte close of the transfer window.
Flamini rejoined the club in August 2013 after a spell in Italy with AC Milan, but having fallen down the pecking order since the emergence of Francis Coquelin, doubts have persisted over his future.
“I expect him to be here in September,” said Wenger.
“I spoke to him. At the moment he is not involved but he has no intention of leaving. He will be involved at some stage. He works very hard and his intention is to stay.”
The manager’s comments come on the back of Flamini’s summer declarations that he wanted to remain in North London.
“In football everything can move very easily one way and another,” he said.
“I don’t like to look back at the past. We are starting a new season and I’m focused on that one.
“I played a lot in the first part of the season and then I got injured in January and after that the team has been winning nearly every game, so it’s difficult to complain.
“Everything will be open and I will work hard to get my place back.”
As one half of top boyband FLAMZIL, it’ll be interesting to see if he can work his way back into first team contention, or if this is one of those classic ‘Andre Santos is important to us’ statements from the boss three days before selling a player.