The summer transfer window saw one of the most astonishing endings ever with the late capture of Mesut Ozil by Arsenal , the world record transfer of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid and Manchester United capturing Maroune Fellaini.
But out of all the transfers this summer only few could fulfil what a particular team required and who other than Arsene Wenger pulled it off.
It was the signing of Mathieu Flamini on a free transfer that transformed the whole Arsenal squad.
With many of the Gunners wondering what this free transfer could bring to the team, it was only Wenger who knew what he wanted.
He wanted a player who could play in that pivotal defensive midfield role and protect the defence line.
Such was the brilliance of this signing that not only did Wenger find a replacement for Alex Song, but he also found cover for the full-back position.
This gave Wenger flexibility in selecting his squad and little to worry about injuries as he now had that one player who could fit in the midfield and control the game and also a versatile player who could defend the left wing purposefully.
One more advantage of acquiring Flamini was that he could now allow Mikel Arteta to play the free man’s role in the midfield and be able to rotate the squad for a long season.
With Jack Wilshere’s regular injury problems, Flamini provides the safety by operating on the right as well as on the left side of the midfield.
Also, we should remember that Flamini’s role in the old Arsenal squad was of playing on the left flank and providing cover for the attacking full back - A main reason why Arsenal had such a strong left flank.
Not only does Flamini defend well but his hard work in the box helps the relatively weak defensive line of Arsenal with those important interceptions providing the defenders a sigh of relief.
Such is the ability of the player that players like Cesc Fabregas could go forward without worrying about the midfield and be able to play those key passes that led to the goal and it is not long that Arsenal reap the fruits from this signing.
All in all this free transfer of Flamini has truly been the master singing for Arsenal. Also with Aaron Ramsey and Wilshere now showing their true colours, the road looks bright for the Gunners to end their eight year long trophy drought.
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