Arsenal transfer news: Mathieu Flamini set to leave in the summer, replacement planned

Flamini Warm Up

Mathieu Flamini is expected to leave Arsenal at the end of the season.

Mathieu Flamini is expected to leave Arsenal at the end of the season when his contract expires, report The Mirror.

The Mirror claim Arsenal are planning ahead to sign a younger defensive midfielder, and will benefit from the £80,000 per week savings on Flamini's deal.

The Frenchman featured on Monday night and was excellent in the win over Manchester City, but was only selected due to a number of injuries in central midfield.

As noted in an article in The Mail, Flamini is proving a good luck charm for Arsenal - they are unbeaten in 52 consecutive matches he has played in at The Emirates.

The midfielder is 31 and approaching the end of his second spell at Arsenal.

Fellow midfielders Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta both face uncertain futures with their contracts set to expire, and it could still be worthwhile for Arsenal to try and come to terms to renew Flamini's contract at a lower wage.

The Mirror claims Arsenal are planning to sign a replacement in January if they can find a quality player within the £5-10 million price range.

It can be done, as illustrated by Leicester's capture of Ngolo Kante in the summer from Caen who would have been an ideal defensive midfield addition to the Gunners.

If Flamini does leave at the end of the season, departing with a Premier League medal would be the perfect way to go out.

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch