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Thursday 29 August 2013

Arsenal confirm return of midfielder Flamini

29-year-old France international rejoins club he left in 2008 on a free transfer

  • Flamini is rejoining Arsenal on a free transfer having been training with them

  • He played for Arsenal 102 times in the Barclays Premier League between 2004-2008

  • He then spent five seasons at Serie A club AC Milan

Arsenal have announced the signing of Mathieu Flamini. The 29-year-old Frenchman has joined on a free transfer and becomes Arsenal’s second signing of the summer, after Yaya Sanogo.

“He is a player of real quality, with a fantastic work-rate and great mentality”
Arsene Wenger

Flamini is rejoining the club for whom he made 102 appearances in the Barclays Premier League from 2004-2008. During that period Flamini was part of the Arsenal team who reached the UEFA Champions League final in 2006 and won the FA Cup in 2005.

After leaving Arsenal, Flamini spent five years with AC Milan, where he came to the end of his contract in the summer. He had been maintaining his fitness at Arsenal's London Colney training ground before rejoining the club. He will wear the No 20 shirt.

"We're very pleased Mathieu has agreed to rejoin us," Arsène Wenger, the Arsenal manager, said. "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."

Arsenal's next match is against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday in the Barclays Premier League.

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Key Points

  • Mathieu Flamini rejoins Arsenal on a free transfer
  • 29-year-old French midfielder was out of contract after five years at AC Milan
  • Flamini is Arsenal's second signing of the summer