Flamini back to Arsenal? Don't bet on it

Rumours have surfaced over the possibility that Arsenal could re-sign former midfielder Mathieu Flamini.

The Frenchman is currently looking for a new club after being let go by AC Milan following a string of injuries, which stopped him from fulfilling his potential in the red and black stripes of the Italian giants.

Rumours have started doing the rounds on Twitter that he is currently training with the Gunners, which creates the possibility that he could re-sign for his former club ahead of the new Premier League season.

Considering the experience the 29-year-old has and his past links with Arsenal, it’s a signing which could be extremely positive in a number of ways.

However, you have to take the rumours at face value because there is plenty wrong with them and several reasons why they are flawed before Gunners fans get too excited.

The rumours started on Twitter, a global social network with tens of millions of users, where any individual can get trends going and whip up a storm in relation to their favourite football club.

It is possible because Flamini recently stated his desire to move back to the Premier League because he feels he has unfinished business in English football.

“I've been in Italy for five years, I've had a great time and learnt a lot. But I miss England and I want to win the Premier League,” he told the Sun last month.

The next thing to be considered is Arsenal’s current crop of midfielders, where they are not exactly struggling for high quality central players at the moment.

Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla are just a few of the names that can all play central roles in the current side and they are not all going to play together throughout the season.

If Arsenal offered Flamini a contract, he would be way down the pecking order at the club, having to work his way up through the ranks into a position where he becomes un-droppable to Wenger.

Wenger himself is also very significant in this move because he has rarely gone back on a policy which sees him reluctant to re-sign former players.

He brought back Thierry Henry on loan to inject firepower and passion into his attack and he will have the option to re-sign Cesc Fabregas, which he’d be naïve not to do if the opportunity comes up.

However, Henry will always be known as Mr Arsenal and Fabregas is a world class central midfielder. Flamini is different because he doesn’t have that sort of Fabregas status, which would make the possibility of re-signing him a no-brainer.

Just because a player is training with a club doesn’t mean they’ll sign him. David Beckham trained with Spurs and for all of Harry Redknapp’s wheeling and dealing wizardry, that didn’t mean Beckham was always going to become a Tottenham player.

Two years Arsene Wenger permitted former player Jeremie Aliadiere to train with the club to keep fit as he tried to find a new club, but there was no intention of re-signing him, and likewise with Manchester United and Mikael Silvestre last summer.

What do you make of the rumours? Would you like to see the club re-sign Flamini?

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