Mathieu Flamini could be about to experience the cut-throat nature of Premier League football.
Arsenal's French midfielder was the unlikely hero at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night as he scored two goals to help the Gunners to a much-needed win over arch-rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
However, with replays of his spectacular second-half volley still doing the rounds on the world wide web, the Mail is reporting that the 31-year-old will be released at the end of the season.
SIGN UP NOW
Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250 word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4
Flamini's contract is set to expire next June and there are currently no plans to offer him an extension. While Arsene Wenger would have been impressed with his compatriot's spirited performance against Spurs, it will take plenty more of the same to earn him a new deal.
In fact, the Gunners boss was ready to let Flamini leave the Emirates this summer and was willing to accept a nominal £1million fee to get him off the books.
Galatasaray, who agreed a deal for Arsenal's Lukas Podolski, were the only club credited with an interest, but the Turkish outfit were unwilling to match his £70,000-a-week wages.
Down the order
Despite his man-of-the-match display, Flamini remains way down the pecking order at Arsenal. Indeed, his appearance in last night's north London derby was his first of the season and his first start since February.
With Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla, Francis Coquelin, Mikel Arteta and the injured Jack Wilshere all vying for a place in centre-midfield, Flamini stands little chance of playing in any other competition other than the League Cup this season.
An injury crisis could change that, of course, but with Arteta also on the wrong side of 30 as well, Wenger is likely to enter the transfer market for a new midfielder next summer.