Celebs and fans react on Twitter to Arsenal signing Flamini ... five years after he ditched the club

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Arsenal and Tottenham fans and celebrities such as Jack Whitehall, Piers Morgan and Lethal Bizzle have reacted to the news Mathieu Flamini is back at The Emirates.

It is official, Arsenal have re-signed Mathieu Flamini on a three-year contract. The Frenchman left the Gunners in 2008 to join Italian side AC Milan - in what was quite a controversial swap at the time.

Flamini was an exceptional asset during his time at Arsenal between 2004 and 2008 - playing in the holding midfield role and several other positions, in particular full-back, with aplomb.

In that respect bringing him in is a good move - he knows the club and Wenger knows him. The presence of a player who can play in a number of positions admirably is something not many Premier League teams have, and is something Wenger is now ready to re-add to his … well … arsenal.

But this was never going to be a universally popular move - I mean, the return of a former player always throws up a few choice questions.

Why did he leave in the first place? Some are angered by the fact the club are giving a second chance to a player who let his contract run down in order to engineer a move to Serie A.

Plus his time with Milan has not been entirely successful. He went there to be used in the midfield regularly and at the time was a French international - since then his star has faded.

He played 122 times for the Rossoneri in his time in Italy - which sounds admirable on first hearing. However, when you consider this was over a five year period and he only featured twice in 2011-12 - you quickly realise Milan did not go to plan.

He spent the majority of his time in Italy on a treatment table with severe knee trouble. Considering the presence of to many injury prone players already in the Arsenal first-team, the addition of one more would always receive short shrift from some fans.

The general feeling of desperation comes in comparison to their North London rivals.

Tottenham Hotspur have broken their transfer record twice this summer and are about to break it again with Erik Lamela around the corner.

With Vlad Chiriches and Christian Eriksen also said to be on the verge of completing moves to White Hart Lane the reaction on Twitter from North Londoners is one of disbelief in the contradicting transfer activity of both teams - ahead of the North London derby on Sunday.

But Wenger has been casting his eye over the 29-year-oold in training for the past couple of weeks and he would have undergone a rigorous medical examination prior to completing this deal.

So hopefully Wenger knows what he is doing.

But for now, Arsenal’s incoming transfer activity has seen two player arrive at the club for a grand total of £0 - the padlock on the warchest has not yet been unlocked.

Here is some reaction on Twitter to the news….

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