For the first 3 years at Arsenal Flamini remained a fringe a player. But this season he’s taken over from Gilberto becoming a first team regular in his preferred central midfield position. Last April his Arsenal career was in doubt after the admission he would go elsewhere to get more first team football. But Wenger guaranteed him oppurtunities if he was to stay and fight for his place, which he did. Now the question on everyone’s lips is will Arsenal retain his services, as his contract runs out in the summer.
Contract talks are believed to be in the advanced stages and the signs are positive that a deal will be ground out. “My priority is to stay here. I’m very happy here. I’m happy to play in the team and everything is good. My representatives are talking to the club and I hope everything will be good,” said Flamini. He’s been a key figure in our title challenge this season and I’d give him whatever money he’s asking for (within reason). He’s worth every penny.
This season Flamini has formed a formiddable central midfield partnership with Cesc Fabregas. “We are very close friends on and off the pitch. We chill with each other off the pitch. That is important. But when we have to speak on the pitch we are doing it and finding a solution,” said Mathieu. Flamini and Fabregas compliment each other well and the two of them have the most completed passes in the Premier League this season. One commentator described Flamini as Cesc’s “minder” while Mathieu sees himself as the midfields “insurance policy”.
Flamini’s key attributes are his good ball distribution, gritty tackling, solid defending, good stamina and high work rate. To add to this his ghosting runs into the box make him a goalscoring threat for the opposition. It is no wonder that comparisons have been made between him and Gattuso.
Flamini has also added goalscoring to his repetoire this season, with some crucial goals. His opening goal of the match away to Reading set up a comfortable 3-0 win for the Gunners. Away to Aston Villa Flamini grabbed the equaliser with a powerful, low strike from the edge of the box. And on Tuesday evening who can forget his 35 yard rocket that sailed into the top corner. The goal gave Arsenal a 2-0 lead against Newcastle and sealed victory. What are your thoughts on Flamini?
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