Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger may be about to get his transfer scramble under way with the signing of former Gunner Mathieu Flamini on a free transfer, according to widespread reports.
Flamini left Arsenal in acrimonious circumstances when he turned the offer of a new contract at the north London club to accept a more lucrative offer at AC Milan back in 2008, with Wenger publicly questioning the player’s motives after he sealed his switch to the San Siro.
Yet Wenger looks ready to forgive and forget five years on, as he looks to bring back a familiar face to the club, in a move that will leave some supporters fearing the big-name arrivals that have eluded Wenger all summer are not certain to arrive in the final week of the transfer window.
While the Real Madrid duo of Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria appear to be on his wanted list, the return of Flamini may spark some discussion over another cut-price spending spree from the Arsenal boss.
With Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain all on the treatment table for the next few weeks, Wenger has confirmed he is eager to add to his midfield options, but Flamini’s would not be a name at the top of too many most wanted lists for Arsenal fans.
Wenger will meet the media at Arsenal’s London Colney training base on Friday, with more questions over his transfer activity certain to be on the agenda.