Thursday 29 August 2013
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”
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.