On the same week that he gave away a penalty just seconds after coming on in Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Barcelona in midweek, Mathieu Flamini has reportedly been told he will not be getting a new contract. Not the best few days of his career, it has to be said.
Several sources are reporting that ex-France international Flamini has been been given the bad news that this season is to be his last at the Emirates.
Flamini’s contract expires at the end of the current term and although he was was hoping that he had done enough to secure an extension, seemingly manager Arsène Wenger has decided that a change in midfield is necessary.
Flamini, 32 in March, is one of several midfielders likely to leave the club – with Tomáš Rosický and Mikel Arteta also in that category – as Wenger looks to revitalise the squad.
Francis Coquelin’s rise to first choice in Flamini’s preferred position has seen the 2011 Serie A winner, now in his second spell at the club, sidelined more and more – to the point where is now surplus to requirements. As if to compound that fact, the £7m January signing of Mohamed Elneny from Basel was the final nail in the coffin for Flamini’s Arsenal career.
He has not been without his uses this season, however. He will forever have a special place in Arsenal fans’ hearts for his two-goal man-of-the-match display against Tottenham in the Capital One Cup earlier this season…