With just 20 days to go in the transfer window, we would be forgiven for thinking that Arsenal had finished their trading, unless of course an “exceptional talent” falls into Arsene Wenger’s lap from out of the stars.
But according to a new report from Goal, who often claim to have insider sources at the Emirates, the French midfielder Matthieu Flamini has been told he is now surplus to requirements.
Since Francis Coquelin’s return to Arsenal in the New Year, Flamini has not made one appearance for the Gunners, and was not even given a space in the squad for the opening game of the season against West Ham United, which would seem to indicate that he is completely out of favour with Arsene Wenger.
The report goes on to say that Flamini is looking for a payoff for the last year of his contract before he leaves, to compensate for the loss of wages by not seeing out the end of his deal, and further (if this is true) it seems that Wenger is trying to make a space in the squad for th arrival of a new defensive midfielder as competition for Coquelin.
Could Wenger still be planning a big surprise for Arsenal fans before the window closes?