I have three words for Mathieu Flamini… just go already!
He obviously doesn’t want to stay or he would’ve signed the deal already. He won’t look half the player he did this season without Cesc next to him. Milan don’t play like Arsenal and he will have to adapt. Remember how long it took him to adapt here – THREE YEARS!! Does he think the Milan board, coaching staff, and especially the fans will be as patient with him as Arsenal was? They should boo the shit out of him if Wenger puts him on the bench on Sunday or especially if he gets in the game. We don’t need an ungrateful, greedy player who thinks he’s bigger than the club.
If he was committed to the club he would sign the deal and put in another good year (he’s only had ONE!!) and then look to ask for a wage increase after next season. But no, he wants the money and he wants it NOW!!! He’d rather play for a lesser team who may not even be in the CL next year for an extra 5-10k a week. Is that really the kind of player we want at Arsenal. It shows that for Flamini winning trophies and playing good football are nowhere near as important as money. I mean, he’s had one good season!! And he’s let this hang over the club since before January while we were in the middle of our first title run-in in 3 years.
Look at Kolo Toure… a true Arsenal professional. He’s been here for over five years won the league, the FA Cup, and been to the Champions League final. He’s got the most seniority on the team aside from Gilberto and he’s not one of the top paid players. Do you hear him complaining?? No. He’s in the press talking about how he wants to become an Arsenal legend which doesn’t come with a price tag. The fact is he’s quibbling over 5-10k pounds a week when right now he makes more in a week than most people in England make all year. All the players at the club make a bit of a sacrifice when it comes to wages due to the club’s wage structure but they are willing to do it because Arsene and the club brought them through as youngsters and we are trying to achieve something that people seem to think can’t be done.
This team has a chance to do what no other Arsenal team ever has… win the European Cup. They would forever be Arsenal legends and more players should be like Cesc and Kolo who have both said that that is the most important thing. Cesc and Kolo could leave and make WAY more money tomorrow if they wanted but they’re dedicated to the club. At this point, it’s not even a matter of waiting for him to make a decision… I want the club to take the offer off the table and say you’re not the kind of player and person we want at Arsenal. This club has values and traditions that mean a lot to the supporters and everyone at the club, and Flamini’s behavior has shown that he does not hold those values or want to share in those traditions. At this point, for me, he can’t leave quick enough. Flamini’s behavior has been like saying “Fuck You1!!” to the club and the supporters… now it’s time for us to say it back.
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