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An Inexpensive look at the Pivot/Defensive Midfield

With the news today that the released AC Milan midfielder Mathieu Flamini is eyeing a return to England, it occurred to me that maybe we can actually do a 'Arsenal' in the transfer market for once since the Roman Era i.e. spend far less than we budget for.

The former Arsenal midfielder is out of contract and who is yet to sign a new deal at AC Milan has been discussing his plans and made it plain that he would consider an offer to return to the Premier League in pursuit of some silverware which effectively rules out his former club.

Flameni, is quoted in the tabloid press as having remarked,

'Milan offered me a contract for two years but I need to take my time and make the right decision.

'I've been in Italy for five years, I've had a great time and learnt a lot. 'But I miss England and I want to win the Premier League.

'It has a special place in my heart. I like the pace and the physicality of English football and I like that every game is very open.

While people will say that Flamini is very injury prone, I would like to remind such people that so was Torres before he joined us but our medical team which has worked wonders with him, can and would be able to cotton wrap Flamini too.

Besides and most importantly, he would be coming for FREE and I doubt that he would command as such as De Rossi. I think with rumours of Mikel leaving for £18m ( good for both club, Nigeria and Mikel), Flamini would be a very cheap but effective fit into the DM role with Essien and Chalobah as back-up and Ramires as an emergency last man standing option.

What do you think folks?

Fancy a Flamini in blue?

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Writer: Dwonder
Date:Wednesday July 10 2013
Time: 4:38PM


Not needed....wouldn't have left milan for free if he was still important to them
10/07/2013 16:54:00
I know he's a free agent. But we are not that desperate or short of funds. If we are to bring in a DM. it would be someone good, so far the club have done a decent job in the market.
10/07/2013 17:06:00
I would say no 2 him.if he was that good,he would be attracting all teams in Europe,even Arsenal.
10/07/2013 17:23:00
I would say no 2 him.if he was that good,he would be attracting all teams in Europe,even Arsenal.
10/07/2013 17:23:00
I would say no 2 him.if he was that good,he would be attracting all teams in Europe,even Arsenal.
10/07/2013 17:24:00
De Rossi/Gustavo.....I dunno what shape Flamini is in terms of football...but he will be a distance third choice for me.....
10/07/2013 17:30:00
Its a no no.
don delsy
10/07/2013 17:35:00
10/07/2013 17:36:00
By no measure close to our other target, e.g. de Rossi. Didn't excel at Arsenal. Simply not our class and as such not an improvement. The lower expense isn't enough.
10/07/2013 17:39:00
What if he comes for free and we use the 18m we get from Mikel and add to our final offer for Cavani. He is still out there. lololol. now pple will be really up for this
10/07/2013 17:43:00
He's a better player than many on here give him credit for, has suffered from being very versatile & yes, has had a couple of bad injuries. He'd be decent for us on a free but I'm sure his heart's set on Arsenal
10/07/2013 17:44:00
Flamini? What for? Please let us be objective about this, what have flamini done exceptionally that made him a standout player? When we still have essien and romeu in the fold, we can't add flamini as he doesn't offer us anything that we lack. His form have not been that encouraging imo, so no to him for me
10/07/2013 18:31:00
A no-brainer, this one. No no to any retiring or aging Scum ffs! Flamini to SW6? Not needed. An abuse of our royal blue shirt. Flagged!!! Next?
HGH Magic
10/07/2013 19:17:00
I'd already told dwonder that this is a no brainer in another article that he mentioned it. I heard someone say he's a distant third, for me he's not even in the running at all. Whew
10/07/2013 19:40:00
Rather give romeu a chance. I don't see flamoni as an upgrade on anyone.
10/07/2013 20:24:00
....."to the premier league in search of some silverware, which effectively rules out his former club". "...we are not short of funds...". Hmmmm. Some pretty arrogant comments on here today, especially seeing as you didn't even try to compete for Falcao, Cavani, but have rather been in for bargain players. Think about it, lads. Meanwhile, Arsenal wouldn't entertain a return for Flamini so it is understandable if your lot don't, either.
10/07/2013 21:24:00
lol why would we take him.. if he's being let go on a free by milan he's obviously not that good!
10/07/2013 21:27:00
^Alas, he's an upgrade from Arteta, Diaby or Ramsey! lol
HGH Magic
10/07/2013 22:41:00
@Naija-- LOLLL!!! SO we missed on 53 mill pound and 54 mill pound players both and we don't have funds??!!! They were bought by 2 french clubs !! Not Real Madrid either!! And how are u sure we were not competing for them?? We can go in a for a good DM if needed at 15-25 mill pound range. Schurrle and Van Ginkel are bargain players!! LOLLLL Good people think that for a change!! lollll
10/07/2013 23:00:00
^^But doesn't by any means come close in quality to our young Chalobah or Ake let alone our swashbuckling guys like De Bruyne, Van Ginkel, Ramires, Oscar, Romeu, Mikel, Lampard or The Bison! Deal with it Naija Scum ;(
HGH Magic
10/07/2013 23:17:00
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