Would be a big surprise.
Former Gunner set for sensational Emirates comeback
Despite his talent, the career of French midfielder Mathieu Flamini looks as if it may end as an incredibly cheap one after it emerged that the anchorman could complete another free transfer – returning to former club Arsenal.
Barely out of his teens, Flamini made the original switch to North London from Marseille for a nominal fee before moving to Milan in 2008 when his Arsenal contract expired.
In a near identical case, the injury-ridden Frenchman looks unlikely to pen a new contract at the San Siro and will surely move on a free transfer at the end of this season.
Flamini has made just one appearance this season after suffering a tear to his cruciate ligament before succumbing to what is thought to have been a recurrence of the injury earlier this month.
The 28 year-old is expected to return to full fitness in early April and should Arsene Wenger feel that he is capable of returning his former charge to his fighting best, Flamini could be a tidy bargain.
There will not be many Gunners fans who have forgotten the controversial manner in which Mathieu Flamini left the Emirates Stadium back in 2008. The French international had led many to believe that he was more than happy to sign a new Arsenal deal and had put in his best season at the North London club only to decide at the last minute that he would chase the cash and move to AC Milan instead.
The battling midfielder’s career at the San Siro has stagnated due to a combination of injury issues, average form and changes in management and now the AC Milan man is set to find himself out of contract and once again looking to secure himself a big deal, knowing that his lack of transfer fee will result in him being offered a bigger wage offer.
Whilst at his best the former Marseille man was able to combine the tenacious tackling attributes of a defensive midfielder with the forward thinking combative nature of a box to box operator the fact is that the 28 year old is far from the player he was at his peak and there would be appear to be little reason for Arsene Wenger to stake a claim for the AC Milan man, especially given his previous conduct.