It will come as no surprise to Arsenal fans to hear that Arsene Wenger has been trying to find a way to get the French midfielder Mathieu Flamini out of the club. Ever since his younger compatriot Francis Coquelin burst back onto the scene for Arsenal about half way through last season, Flamini’s days have been numbered.
And now we have the Spanish club captain Mikel Arteta fit again, the chance of the Gunners finding a place in the first team for the former AC Milan man are almost non-existent. But Flamini still has a year to run on his contract and with a reported weekly salary of around £60,000 a week, the Daily Mail is reporting that we have failed to find him another club.
Apparently the Turkish champions Galatasaray were keen but the transfer has not been done and their window closed last night. Could this be what is stopping Wenger from bringing in a new central midfielder, such as the young PSG star Adrien Rabiot?
If so, surely we can persuade some club to take Flamini on loan, perhaps even Galatasaray. If he is not going to play, why not do whatever it takes to free up his place in the Arsenal squad?