Why free agent Mathieu Flamini would be a solid addition for Crystal Palace

Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini is shown a yellow card by referee Kevin Friend

Crystal Palace have been linked with Mathieu Flamini.

Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini looks dejected after missing a chanceMathieu Flamini looks dejected after missing a chance

According to a report in the Telegraph, Crystal Palace are one of a few clubs interested in signing Mathieu Flamini on a free transfer.

The Frenchman is currently without a club having left Arsenal at the end of last season, and at 32 he still has another year or two at the top level in one of Europe’s big leagues.

Palace have endured a poor 2016 on the pitch, slipping dangerously towards the bottom three at the end of last season and starting the current campaign with just one point from three matches.

Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini in action with Barcelona's Andres IniestaMathieu Flamini in action with Barcelona's Andres Iniesta

Many feel with the addition of Christian Benteke and Andros Townsend that the Eagles improved the squad in the summer, yet the departures of Yannick Bolasie and Mile Jedinak have left them with a void to fill.

Jedinak joined Championship side Aston Villa to the surprise of many, and now that the Australian has gone Palace no longer possess a vocal holding midfielder with strong leadership skills.

The likes of Yohan Cabaye, Joe Ledley and James McArthur are capable enough players, yet none are what you would describe as a true holding midfielder or leader in the middle of the park.

Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini is shown a yellow card by referee Kevin FriendMathieu Flamini is shown a yellow card by referee Kevin Friend

Flamini has enjoyed a wonderful career having had spells at Marseille, Milan and Arsenal, and he was still rated highly enough in North London last season to have made 16 Premier League appearances.

Described as energetic, hardworking and versatile, the three-capped France international could be exactly what Palace need in order to steady a side evidently lacking in confidence and balance.

Alan Pardew faces a tough couple of months following his side’s subdued start to the season, and a player of Flamini’s experience and composure could play a key part in helping turn the tide.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi is fouled by Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini resulting in a penalty to BarcelonaBarcelona's Lionel Messi is fouled by Mathieu Flamini resulting in a penalty to Barcelona

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