Arsenal midfielder comments on Sanchez signing and his Gunners future

Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini spoke to La Gazzetta dello Sport about new team-mate Alexis Sanchez and his future prospects.

The attention of Arsenal fans is firmly fixed on the £30million plus capture of Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona at the moment, and well it should be.

Not only have the Gunners secured one of the World Cup’s top performers, but they have also beat top competition from Liverpool and Juventus along the way to filling a major need.

Down at the Emirates, the days in which Arsene Wenger could be accused of not loosening the purse strings seem to be fading with Sanchez joining Mesut Ozil as another blockbuster purchase.

Like Ozil, Mathieu Flamini arrived in North London last summer - for the second time in his career - though without the same fanfare as the German considering his Bosman status.

But the Frenchman did quite well upon returning to Arsenal after five years in Italy, a time during which he faced new team-mate Sanchez - then making a name for himself at Udinese.

'He is a formidable player,' Flamini told Gazzetta dello Sport of the Chilean. 'I played against him as an opponent when I was with Milan, and I was impressed by his quality of play.

'Having him as a team-mate is really great news. With the purchase of Sanchez, Arsenal have shown their desire desire to win more trophies.'

Flamini has one year left on his Gunners contract after winning the FA Cup in May, but also suggested to La Gazzetta a desire to see out his playing days in North London if possible.

However, he refused to rule out a Serie A comeback, speaking reverently about his days at San Siro.

The 30-year-old added: 'I’d like to finish up here at Arsenal, but you never know. I spent five seasons at Milan and I really enjoyed it.

'I played with legends like Maldini, Shevchenko and Ronaldinho. It was a time in my life from which I have wonderful memories. We will see.'

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