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Arsenal confirm Mathieu Flamini signing

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Arsenal have confirmed that former midfielder Mathieu Flamini has rejoined the club on a free transfer, making him their second signing of the summer.

Flamini had been training with the Gunners through the summer and manager Arsene Wenger insisted the 29-year-old was the kind of quality the Gunners were looking for, as well as praising hit fitness.

"We’re very pleased Mathieu has agreed to re-join us," he told the official Arsenal website.

"He is a player of real quality, with a fantastic work rate and great mentality. As we know, Mathieu is a strong midfielder, but is also is comfortable playing in defence too. He is a very good addition to our squad.

"He's a bit older but he's still only 29. The best years are in front of him now - the next three years. Physically, he's perfect. He was tested, prepared and he's physically in fantastic shape."

Flamini left Arsenal in 2008 after his contract expired and no new agreement could be found, he then joined AC Milan but experienced mixed success in Serie A.

it was a blow to Wenger at the time, as the Frenchman and Cesc Fabregas built up a strong partnership in the centre of midfield that season, when Arsenal came as close to winning the title as they have done for a number of years.

Arsenal have not disclosed the length of Flamini's deal, but numerous reports are claiming it will be for three years at £50,000 a week.

Wenger explained the decision-making process behind bringing back Flamini to Emirates Stadium and revealed that the former Marseille was desperate to return.

"He knows how we play football. He knows the Club. He had a huge desire to come back," he added.

"He was available because he was out of contract and he's a quality player, and a focused player. Those were all the reasons that pushed me to make that decision."

Flamini claimed that Arsenal was his "home" and that he felt he left north London the first time having not done all he could for the side.

“It feels good to be back home,” he revealed.

“I have some unfinished business with Arsenal so it's a great feeling to be back. Once you're a Gunner, you're always a Gunner."

Arsenal have yet to spend any money on transfer fees this summer, as their only two signings, Flamini and Yaya Sanogo, were acquired on free transfers.

However, Wenger insisted he was still actively trying to recruit more bodies before the close of the transfer window on September 2, especially since recent injuries suffered.

"Yes, of course [we will try to sign more players]," he explained.

"When you think that we lost three players of the stature of [Mikel] Arteta, [Alex] Oxlade-Chamberlain and [Lukas] Podolski for three months basically before the season really starts, it's very hard to take and we are in a position where you want some more players."

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