Arsene Wenger doesn’t seem to have a place for Mathieu Flamini anymore. Can the French midfielder still make an impact at age 31?
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger could anger a lot of Gooner fans with the impending release of Mathieu Flamini.
According to the Metro, Wenger intends to release Flamini from his contract early in order to give the 31-year-old midfielder a fast-track to a deal in Ligue 1 with Bastia. Due to reported financial issues with the French outfit, Bastia would be unable to pay Flamini’s transfer fee – but if Wenger releases the aging midfielder, Bastia won’t have to break the bank to get their man.
With one year left on his contract but space needed on the roster for a bevvy of stars Arsenal is bringing in this summer, Flamini could be yet another veteran roster casualty in Arsene Wenger’s bid for a Premier League title run. Lukas Podolski has already moved to Galatasaray while Joel Campbell and David Ospina are reportedly on the market.
Flamini got his big break with Marseille back in 2003 and signed with Arsenal one year later, spending four seasons with the Gunners before signing with AC Milan in 2008. He returned to Arsenal in 2013 just in time for the start of the club’s back-t0-back FA Cup wins in 2014 and 2015.