Arsenal are trying to get rid of £60,000-per-week Mathieu Flamini

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Arsenal are reportedly trying to flog midfielder Mathieu Flamini before the transfer window closes at 6pm today.

Galatasaray were interested in the Frenchman, but failed to complete a move before the window in Turkey closed yesterday.

Flamini has been told he is free to leave the Gunners having fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates and want to get his £60,000-per-week wage off their bill. However his high wages are proving a stumbling block when trying to shift the midfielder.


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The Mail are reporting that Arsenal are keen to see the 31-year-old leave North London before the deadline and are looking across Europe for interested parties.

Flamini rejoined the Gunners in 2013 after a five-year spell in Serie 'A' with AC Milan. The former France international has made 68 appearances since return to Arsenal but is surplus to requirements after the emergence of Francis Coquelin.

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He is yet to make an appearance for Arsene Wenger's side this season and has only been involved in the match-day squad once so far, in the 0-0 draw with Liverpool.


Despite being down the pecking order at Arsenal it would be a strange move to see the midfielder leave the club without a replacement coming in.

Despite having a high amount of midfield talent, the Gunners are severely lacking in defensive midfielders. If Francis Coquelin gets injured they are short of replacements and Flamini would be the perfect candidate.

Mikel Arteta is also a useful deputy for Coquelin, however is more effective when playing a more attacking game. With time running out in the window it would appear Arsenal will not be signing a defensive midfielder, but it remains to be seen if Flamini will still be at the club come 6pm.

Arsenal fans, if a midfield replacement is not brought in should Flamini be kept or he just not good enough? Have your say below!

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