Arsenal have confirmed on their official twitter page that midfielder Mathieu Flamini has been signed on again by the club on a free transfer.
The Frenchman, who joined Arsenal from french club Marseille in 2004, made 153 appearances for the Gunners, scoring eight goals during his time at the club.
However he left the club for Serie A giants AC Milan in May 2008, where he went on to make 122 appearances, also scoring eight goals.
The dazzling midfielder, who adorns the number 84 jersey, representing his birth year, made his debut for AC Milan in August 2008.
His opportunities were limited in his early days at AC Milan due to the great form of club captain Massimo Ambrosini. His time in Italy was also intermittently bogged down by injury, with the French midfielder making only two appearances in all competitions for Milan during the 2011-2012 season due to injury.
During his first stint at Arsenal, Flamini enjoyed a generally good rapport with Arsenal's fans, who provided him with his own song, an adaptation of the theme tune to British television programme The Sweeney.
While he is naturally a defensive midfielder, the player has in the past been deployed as a full back. He has also been used as a utility player and as a central midfielder at various times during his Arsenal days.
Even after leaving the Gunners, the midfielder has never hidden his admiration and love for Arsenal. In April 2009, he was quoted as saying in an interview that he is still an Arsenal fan and that he has no hard feelings towards the club. The 29-year-old has said: " Arsenal are in my heart and they will be in my heart for ever.
He also stated among other things that he would always be an Arsenal fan and that leaving the club then was not easy.
With this signing, the Arsenal boss has brought some needed respite to an Arsenal team presently plagued by injury to some key players as the signing no doubt is a good one.
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