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Why is Flamini taking so long to sign a new Arsenal contract?

Everyone’s favourite all-action midfielder and the man who avenges any onfield slight directed against Cesc Fabregas is still yet to sign a contract extension with Arsenal. Mathieu Flamini’s contract withers into nothingness this summer, and he still hasn’t scrawled his name on a new one – with a host of Italian giants sniffing around.
His buddy Cesc obviously still wants him playing next to him, saying:

“I keep telling him to sign it quick, because we need him, but he is concentrating on football at the moment. We are still going for two titles, so right now everything else is not so important. Of course he wants to know where he will be next season, but we all hope he will be with us.”

Cesc’s excuse for Flamini, that “he is concentrating on football at the moment” – doesn’t look so solid when you glance over to Spanish goal-post prancer Manuel Almunia, and see that he has just signed until 2012

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