Arsenal has confirmed the rumoured return of their dogged, all-action midfielder, Mathieu Flamini, from AC Milan on a free transfer.
An integral component in Arsenal’s blossoming side of 2004-2008, Flamini was a tenacious defensive midfielder, also adept at either full-back position.
The versatile midfielder struck up in excess of 100 appearances over the course of his five year tenure at the club.
Flamini will have much to prove to the fans that once adored him following his controversial defection to the San Siro in 2008, having reportedly not been pleased with his utility player role.
His time at Italy, however, was forgettably disappointing, with a temporary contract termination in 2012, and limited playing time over his five years at the club.
On the signing of Flamini, Wenger told Arsenal's official website: "We’re very pleased Mathieu has agreed to re-join us.
"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."
The Frenchman's return couldn't have come at a more crucial time, with Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Mikel Arteta and Abou Diaby all struggling with injuries, leaving a gaping hole in what was already a midfield with little depth.
Moreover, Flamini is also more than capable of covering for either full back position, in the chance that Sagna, Jenkinson, Monreal or Gibbs succumb to injury
Despite the rumoured £70 million war chest, Flamini is only Arsene Wenger's second signing of the summer, after the free signing of young French striker, Yaya Sanogo.
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