After 2 months and numerous player departures, Arsenal fans finally have something to cheer about as the club have made their second signing of the summer.
The new addition to the squad is none other than former midfielder Mathieu Flamini who has joined on a free transfer and signed for at least the next 3 years.
The 29 year old had been available for nothing after being released by AC Milan – the club that he left Arsenal for 4 years ago.
Flamini’s arrival will be a welcome relief to Arsenal fans who were very much needing midfield reinforcements in what is currently a razor-thin squad.
Flamini’s signature isn’t much of a surprise as the Frenchman had been training with the squad since leaving AC Milan in order to keep fit for the new season.
Arsene Wenger has been quick to heap praise on his new signing who the manager believes will bring a heap of experience and skill to the team. This was underlined in his comments made to the press where Wenger stated: “He is a player of real quality, with a fantastic work rate and great mentality.”
“As we know, Mathieu is a strong midfielder, but is also comfortable playing in defence too. He is a very good addition to our squad,” he added.
Flamini’s versatility is something that will come in handy for Wenger who is still struggling with several defensive absences and it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Frenchman make his debut in the North London against Tottenham on Sunday.
It would be a fitting return for a player whose last game for Arsenal was in the same fixture 6 years where The Gunners where victorious against their arch-rivals.
During his first spell with Arsenal, Flamini notched up 102 Premier League appearances and scored 6 goals from 2004 to 2008.
Flamini is Wenger’s second signing of the summer following the arrival of compatriot Yaya Sanogo from Auxerre right at the start of the transfer window.
It’s a safe signing from Wenger who has covered his bases should pursuits of other midfielders such as Yohan Cabaye fail to materialise before the transfer window shuts on Monday.
But the fact that Arsenal have managed to sign an experienced international player such as Flamini will please fans and possibly act as a catalyst to a heap of new arrivals at The Emirates over the coming days.