Arsenal can confirm that Mathieu Flamini has re-signed for the Club. The 29-year-old Frenchman, who made 153 appearances for Arsenal from 2004 to 2008, rejoins the Club after five years in Serie A with AC Milan. The tenacious midfielder has been training at London Colney and it was no surprise as arsenal.com announced his signing. He won the Serie A title and the Supercoppa Italiana in 2011 with AC Milan.
According to Wenger:
“We’re very pleased Mathieu has agreed to re-join us. He is a player of real quality, with a fantastic work rate and great mentality. As we know, Mathieu is a strong midfielder, but is also is comfortable playing in defence too. He is a very good addition to our squad.”
Flamini told arsenalplayer that:
“It feels good to be back home. I have some unfinished business with Arsenal so it’s a great feeling to be back. Once you’re a Gunner, you’re always a Gunner.
“Unfinished business because we had the opportunity a few times when I was there to win trophies and we didn’t. I’m thinking about the Champions League final, the 2007/08 season when we were in the running for the first place and we didn’t close it.
“I feel good, I have been training for three weeks with the fitness coach, Tony Colbert. So I feel ready to start competing for Arsenal, especially on Sunday – it’s going to be a big game.
“It’s a derby, everyone knows how important it is. We have to win it and we have to be ready for it.”
He is yet to settle and he is already talking about the North London Derby on Sunday. Why wont I love this guy. Flamini will wear the number 20 shirt at Arsenal. He would provide cover at the back and midfield. He is a utility player for me.
But finally eh, Wenger hasnt spent a dime this season oh.
BEHOLD THE UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
After despatching Fenerbahce with a 5-0 routing, despiting the Turks being knocked out of europe for match fixing, Arsenal will face Marseille, Borussia Dortmund and Napoli in the Champions League group stage.
The draw took place in Monaco on Thursday and saw the Gunners, who were one of the eight seeded clubs in Pot One, placed in Group F. The group looks pretty difficult with Last season Finalist Dortmund being the strongest side. Napoli and Higuain would face Arsenal again after the Emirates encounter. As for Marseille, na 6 points
The Gunners will kick off their 2013/14 campaign in Marseille on September 18 before hosting Napoli at Emirates Stadium on October 1. Back-to-back fixtures with Dortmund will follow before Arsenal’s Group F schedule ends with a home game against Marseille and a trip to Napoli.
I expect us to finish on top of the group and make a case in the UCL. Nobody wants to play Arsenal now, even Spurs on Sunday are already messing their pants off.