Arsenal close to bringing Flamini back to the club

Arsenal are a club who are often held in the highest of regards by many of the players who move on from the club to play in other leagues.

So much so that it has seen the likes of Thierry Henry and Jens Lehmann come back for second spells at the club after moving on to play for other major teams.

Now, former midfielder Mathieu Flamini is in talks with The Gunners in a move back to the Emirates as the club searches for ways to strengthen and bring in reinforcements at the centre of the park.

Flamini had spent the last 4 seasons in Italy with AC Milan but the 2011 Serie A Champions released the French international at the end of last season.

Having failed to sign midfield reinforcements like Luis Gustavo and Marouane Fellaini so far this summer, getting a player such as Flamini would be seen as a welcome signing at The Emirates Stadium.

After all, Flamini is a versatile player who can play in several different positions such as right or centre back as well as playing in the midfield.

Flamini’s release by Milan was not seen as an overall surprise with the player only signing a one-year extension at the last minute at the start of the 2012-13 campaign.

During his 4 years at Arsenal, Flamini became a regular part of the first team and made 102 appearances in the Premier League and scoring 7 goals.

The Frenchman would be a slightly risky signing for Wenger though considering that he has had issues with injuries over the last couple of years which had saw him fall out of favour at the San Siro.

But this could be a risk that Arsenal are willing to take especially with the experience Flamini would bring to what is a predominantly young side.

As talks are set to continue with Flamini over the next couple of days, The Gunners are looking to keep up the pressure in trying to secure some of their main transfer targets as the deadline comes ever nearer.

This includes Arsenal looking to sign Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid as well as enquiring to sign Michu and Ashley Williams from Swansea City.

These deals would certainly put Arsenal’s “war chest” to good use should they all go through but the club will also settle for trusted names to return to the Emirates if the likes of Flamini are available on a good deal.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!