Flamini's left-back appeal makes him twice as valuable to Arsenal

Mathieu Flamini is said to be in talks about returning to Arsenal.

Arsenal are said to be willing to sanction a move to bring in Mathieu Flamini to the club, and it's a logical one in several ways.

The Frenchman has been training with the Gunners for the last fortnight, in an attempt to stay fit and win a permanent deal somewhere. 

And it appears it won't just be anywhere, but his former club Arsenal who he walked out on to pursue a career with AC Milan in 2008.

He won one Serie A title, but was released this summer as the Italian giants sought to take a fresh approach, after only scraping a third-placed finish on the final day.

Arsenal fans may be underwhelmed by the prospect of Flamini as the club's defensive midfielder, and that feeling is understandable.

In a summer where they have been linked with big money moves for Marouane Fellaini, Lars Bender, and Luiz Gustavo, a free transfer is not the headline act fans were promised.

Flamini too has an injury record which will concern supporters, suffering seven different injuries since 2010.

The worst was a cruciate knee ligament injury caused him to miss the entire 2011/12 season, playing just two games.

He battled back last year, making 22 appearances in Serie A, but was blamed by a section of Milan fans for a rabbit in the headlights display as the Italians were demolished 4-0 by Barcelona in the Nou Camp and exited the Champions League.

Positively, if Arsenal sign Flamini, they will be getting a player who knows the club and will take no time settling in.

He is 29-years-old and has plenty of football in him providing he can stay fit, and can offer the Gunners further strength in depth, and a naturally defensive game which none of their current midfielders offer.

One aspect of his game Arsenal should consider a major plus, is his versatility; which he showed in his first spell at the Gunners, playing at left-back during their route to the 2006 Champions League Final.

The recent injuries to Nacho Monreal and Kieran Gibbs illustrated the lack of cover Arsenal have in the position, and Flamini might well have his name in the hat as third choice.

Arsenal will effectively, in Flamini, be getting a player who can play in two positions, and will easily adapt to life at the club.

His injury record is a risk, but considering the transfer market is coming to a close and clubs are even more reluctant to lose their top stars so late - adding further depth to a squad which has been shed almost too closely this summer is a wise move.

Gooners, what do you make of a move for Flamini?



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