Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini admits he rejected the overtures of other Premier League clubs, as well as some in Italy and Germany, in order to secure his free transfer back to the Emirates Stadium.
The Frenchman was released by AC Milan at the end of last season following the expiration of his contract, and was initially afforded the opportunity to train with the Gunners as he sought to secure a move elsewhere.
Arsene Wenger admits he did not have the intention to offer a deal to his former player, but did so after being impressed by the application and professionalism he displayed during his sessions with the Gunners.
The 29-year-old did, however, have offers from elsewhere prior to completing his move to Arsenal, but says there was only one outcome when the opportunity to work under Wenger presented itself.
"Yes, I had the possibility of other clubs in Italy, in England, in Germany even," he told the official Arsenal website.
"But for me it was the chance to come back to Arsenal, with the team we have right now, to work with Arsène Wenger again.
"It was basically him who introduced me to the top level. He brought me into the Premier League and into the Champions League, so I didn’t think twice when I had the chance to come back. I just said, “Let’s do it.”
"Now I’m here and happy, and looking forward to having an amazing season."
Flamini has made 10 appearances for the Gunners so far this season, of which they have won eight, drawn just once and lost to only to Manchester United.
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