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It’s ‘advantage Juventus’ in race for Arsenal midfielder

It’s not looking good for Arsenal in terms of trying to keep hold of star midfielder Mathieu Flamini. The Frenchman has been the unsung star of the Gunners team that has provided so much entertainment this season, yet it appears that many suitors are falling over themselves to try and land his signature for next season.

The Daily Telegraph report that while the North London club aren’t resigned to losing Flamini, they don’t appear to be confident about retaining him. It just seems like a brand spanking new deal over four years isn’t enough to command a player’s loyalty these days.

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood said: “We have made what we think is a pretty generous offer and we are waiting to hear whether he will accept it or not.

“You just don’t know nowadays. You think players have a pretty good life but, somehow, someone persuades them the grass might be greener somewhere else.

“So I don’t know the answer. All I know is we think we have pushed the boat out.”

Juve director Jean-Claude Blanc said: “This is an important player who we have been chasing for some time. And it will have to be a good offer to take him because many teams are interested.”

One of the other teams interested are Serie A rivals AC Milan, but Blanc is convinced Flamini will be moving to Turin.

He said: “We have the advantage. As a child, Flamini was a supporter of Juve. We have a sporting project in place and we will be in the Champions League. Milan will not.”

We’ve heard the bold assertions of foreign sporting directors before, only to see them come to nothing. However, are Arsenal going to be blighted by their inability to match the big European clubs on a financial basis?

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