Arsenal are ‘on alert’ for Mathieu Flamini after the midfielder admitted he was open to a return to the Premier League.

The former French international is out of contract at the San Siro, and is considering his options despite being offered a new deal by AC Milan.

A return to England is certainly on the 29-year-old’s mind – although only to a club who holds genuine title aspirations.

"I've been in Italy for five years, I've had a great time and learnt a lot," the ex-Arsenal man told SunSport.

"But I miss England and I want to win the Premier League.

"It has a special place in my heart. I like the pace and the physicality of English football and I like that every game is very open."

The Daily Express claims the Gunners are on standby to bring the player to the Emirates Stadium, having enjoyed four-years of service from Flamini between 2004 and 2008.

However, much will depend on whether Flamini believes Arsenal can once again challenge for the title, having not won the domestic crown since 2004.

Indeed, manager Arsene Wenger has not been able to bring a trophy back to north London since the FA Cup win in 2005, and things will need to change dramatically if Arsenal are to change their fortunes next season.

Realistically, Flamini’s comments mean Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are the only legitimate options, with Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur longshots.

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