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Arsenal Set to Make Ex-AC Milan Midfielder Second Signing of Summer
Arsenal appear set to break their transfer duck and make their second signing of the summer – but it might not be the marquee star that Gooners were hoping for.
In fact, according to the Daily Mail, it appears that ex-Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini is set to make a return to the Emirates after leaving for AC Milan in 2008.
Flamini has been training with Arsenal for two weeks after being released by the Italian Club, and the 29 year old has impressed Arsene Wenger enough to be offered a contract.
This will be Arsenal’s second signing of the summer – both of which are free transfers – and it will be the fourth time that that Wenger has brought back a former player to represent the club (Sol Campbell, Jens Lehmann, Thierry Henry (twice)).
This is of little comfort to Arsenal fans, however, as they evidently yearn for their club to strive for progression rather than recession. For many, the signing of Flamini simply makes Arsenal appear like a club out of ideas, now unable to conjure up the transfer market wizardry of years past.
Flamini has suffered with injury problems, and had a serious knee injury which ruled him out for the duration of the 2011-12 season. He did, however, win the Italian title with Milan in the previous season. Regardless, this remains a transfer that adds little more than bench depth, and in order for Gunners fans to be placated, they will certainly be needing more signings – in particular, ones that cost money.