What a few months it has been for Mathieu Flamini. Not only have people discovered that he is on course to save the world with his biochemical company – and bag billions in the process – but those very same people have also learned that he is, in fact, unbeatable...at least at the Emirates.
Yes, the Frenchman has emerged as a key player for Arsenal this season, stepping up in the absence of Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta to inspire victories against Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City.
More through luck than ability, one person with a lot of spare time on their hands worked out that Flamini has never lost a game at the Emirates across his two spells with the Gunners.
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He's played 52 games at the Emirates, winning 36 and drawing 16 and losing none. It's an incredible statistic, but it seems it has failed to move Arsene Wenger, who will not be changing his stance with regards to Flamini's future.
According to the Mirror, who may or may not have been taking advantage of a trending topic, Arsenal still have no intention of extending Flamini's £80,000-a-week contract beyond this summer, instead turning their lucky charm into the murky waters of free agency.
Out with the old
The 31-year-old was, in fact, free to leave north London in the summer, but, despite no guarantee of first-team football, remained. He has proved a valuable asset, but the plan is to sign a younger, better midfielder from the transfer market.
Victor Wanyama is a known target, but Southampton's £20million price tag could prove troublesome for Wenger with regards to the January transfer window. Instead, Wenger will be looking to spend less than £10m.
But, for now, it looks as though Flamini will be going out with a bang as the Gunners look for their first Premier League title triumph since 2004. With Coquelin sidelined until February, Flamini has work to do if he is to keep his unbeaten record intact.
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