Mathieu Flamini agrees to respect Arsenal sleeve tradition

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Mathieu Flamini has agreed to respect Arsenal's tradition and stop cutting his shirt sleeves, reports the Daily Mail.

The French midfielder, who rejoined the club in the summer, fell foul of an Arsenal tradition, which dictates that all players should wear the same shirts - short or long sleeve - and is decided by the captain on the day.

Flamini broke the tradition, which has been respected by Arsenal players since the 1920s, when he decided to cut the sleeves of his shirt in the last two games, reportedly coming to blows with kit man Vick Akers in the process.

That incident occurred in the match against Manchester United but Flamini repeated the process against Marseille, angering Arsene Wenger in the process.

After the match Wenger said: "I do not like that and he will not do that again. I was surprised he did that; we don't want that."

Flamini, however, seemed defiant, saying to reporters: "I’ve been playing at the top level for 10 years and I like to wear short sleeves."

It now appears the matter has been resolved with a number of Arsenal players backing Wenger's stance, forcing Flamini to submit to his will.

Rather than being a direct challenge to his authority, Wenger reportedly sees Flamini's disrespect of the club's tradition as an oversight.

Wenger's stance was backed up by former Arsenal players yesterday as well.

Lee Dixon is quoted on the Daily Mail as saying: "I liked to wear short sleeves too,’ he said. ‘But I wore the same as the captain. Club tradition must remain at all costs. Rodders (Tony Adams) used to ask the players to vote. If it was long then I rolled them up."

Arsenal travel to Cardiff on Saturday and Flamini is expected to return from his one match suspension.

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