Flamini got into trouble during the club’s Champions League tie with Marseille.
It was a good night for Arsenal on Tuesday as the Premier League leaders beat Olympique Marseille 2-0 in the Champions League but Mathieu Flamini ended up in trouble.
The midfielder opted to cut the sleeves off the Frenchman’s long-sleeved shirt and caused controversy by breaking a Gunners tradition that stretches back to the 1930s.
All players have to wear the same style jersey as the captain, with stand-in skipper for the tie Per Mertesacker going with a long-sleeved option.
As such Flamini was given the same but took to the item with a pair of scissors and has incurred the wrath of the club and manager Arsene Wenger as a result.
Wenger publicly admonished the 29-year-old for the action and insisted it would not happen again, whilst former player Lee Dixon also agreed with this sentiment.
“I used to like to wear short sleeves too. I wore the same as captain. Club tradition must remain at all costs,” Dixon was quoted by the Mirror.
“Players buy into the tradition of a club – they should fight to keep the ones that resonate.”
Striker Olivier Giroud is also a fan of short sleeves, but opts to roll them up after kickoff as apposed to cutting them off.
Flamini came to blows with kit-man Vik Akers during the 1-0 loss to Manchester United earlier in the season for doing the same thing.
Since Herbert Champman started the tradition over 75 years ago the France international is perhaps surprisingly the only player not to have adhered to the tradition.
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