The Frenchman has been one of the most consistent midfielders for the club so far this season so it was devastating for the side when he picked up a groin problem in last weekend’s win against Crystal Palace.
Flamini is the player who patrols the deep areas of Arsenal’s midfield, protecting other players and winning possession back quickly before passing the ball onto the more creative stars.
However, it’s not all doom and gloom for the Gunners with Arsene Wenger revealing in his pre-Liverpool press conference this morning that Flamini chould be in line for a return against Manchester United next weekend.
“Arteta is back from suspension, Gnabry is still out, Flamini could be available for Man United. The mood is very positive at the moment, our priorities are the league and the Champions League,” said the Arsenal boss.
It’s a huge boost for Arsenal and not just because next weekend’s game is against the Premier League champions.
Flamini is in the top three players this season for passing success rate, making him one of the most important stars when it comes to linking the defence with the midfield and the midfield with attack.
If he’s fully fit, he’ll go straight back into the side and that’s bad news for David Moyes at Old Trafford.
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