Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has returned to the Emirates Stadium on a free transfer after his release from AC Milan.

The returning Gunners man spent four successful years at Arsenal from 2004-2008 before leaving for AC Milan in the summer of 2008 on a free transfer after talks between Flamini and Arsenal broke down.

The Frenchman has been training with the Arsenal squad the past few weeks and fit into the squad well.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told BBC Sport: "He is a player of real quality, with a fantastic work rate and great mentality."

"He can play as a defensive midfielder or provide cover for first-choice full-backs Bacary Sagna and Kieran Gibbs.''

"As we know, Mathieu is a strong midfielder, but is also comfortable playing in defence too. He is a very good addition to our squad."

Flamini is Arsenal's second summer signing, the only other being fellow Frenchman Yaya Sanogo who was also a free transfer - which re-opens the question of how much Wenger will actually spend over the next four days.

To re-excite Arsenal fans here is a 'best of' video of Flamini from his impressive 07-08 season just before he left the Gunners...

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