Forgive and forget? Emirates Stadium faithful quandary.
Mathieu Flamini has been released by AC Milan. Can you guess we I am going with this?
Arsenal have been linked with a myriad of defensive midfielders this summer, Yann M’Vila and Nigel de Jong to name just two, but could there be a cheaper alternative? Perhaps one that Gunners fans dare not speak of? How about brining Mathieu Flamini back?
Clearly the Frenchman angered many with his decision to run out his Arsenal contract and scarper to the San Siro on a free transfer, even though he had stated that he would not pull a repeat of the trick that saw the determined midfielder leave Marseille in similar circumstances to move to the North London club. However perhaps it’s time to let bygones be bygones?
The experienced battler enjoyed four seasons at Arsenal and in his final campaign was in phenomenal form and has arguably not been effectively replaced.
Alex Song has become a more complete midfielder, adding forward momentum to his penchant for crunching tackles. Emmanuel Frimpong is still not ready to take on the mantle of a regular Premier League spot. Arsene Wenger needs to protect his creative midfielders, midfielders who far too often are ruled out for long periods.
Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky have all spent significant spells on the sidelines, this is a situation that could be avoided if Wenger could bring in an out and out enforcer to roam the midfield breaking up attacking advances and making space for those around him.
Flamini’s behaviour did of course upset many Gunners fans, but it’s worth noting that others have left the club since who have bred as much, if not, more resentment. Samir Nasri and Emmanuel Adebayor to name just two. Maybe the 28 year old felt the time was right to leave Arsenal, he wouldn’t have been the first, he won’t be the last.
The manner in which he conducted himself clearly didn’t help matters but could he be welcomed back?
If Wenger felt that in pure footballing terms that the possibility of picking up a player Flamini’s experience and ability for nothing was too good an opportunity to turn down, how would Arsenal fans react?