Flamini's Future Hangs In The Balance…New Developments…

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By Bilal Zaidi

I found it a bit odd to hear Wenger’s comments about Flamini’s deadline being “Sunday…Monday Latest”. It doesn’t really give much certainty does it by saying “the latest” since the deadline had already been set for the end of the last month.

Wenger said:

“It will be sorted out over the weekend. Will he stay or not? That is down to him but the deadline is Sunday, Monday latest.

“The deadline moved for negotiation problems. Only he could tell you [whether he will go or not]. For me yes he stays, but does he tell me the complete truth, I don’t know.

“Ideally I want him to stay, but he’s free. That means if you get £2million here, £4 million somewhere else, you can go to the one who gives you four, or you can as well stay to the one who gives you two.

“He is free to make a decision and you have to accept the market. You listen to everybody in Europe and take some time, that’s why the situation has lasted a little bit. But overall he’s free to go where he wants. You have to accept that because he’s not linked by a contract.
“[If he goes] we will find a solution, don’t worry.”

It is a difficult decision to make I’m sure but if your manager gives you such a long time to decide and then requests you to decide by a certain deadline, which is then missed, you must really start to think that there doesn’t seem much hope in us keeping him. I for one will be very disappointed if he doesn’t stay but as the boss says, we will cope without him. If we learned how to cope without Thierry Henry our all time leading goal scorer and living legend…then I’m sure we can move on swiftly without Flamini. I just hope Flamini really knows that the grass REALLY isn’t greener on the other side when he is sitting on the bench playing in the Uefa Cup with AC Milan.

Here, at Arsenal, he has a chance to play regular football in the best league in the world. He has his friends around him and an already established successful midfield partnership with Fabregas. I think that if he continues to play as he did this season, if that is at Arsenal, AC Milan or Juventus, he will definitely become a regular in the French first team along with Sagna and Clichy.

However, nobody can be angry at the guy who has always given his best for the club, none more so than this season. In previous seasons he has shown glimpse’s of a “decent player”, mainly at left back in our Champions League run. In central midfield however, I never saw much purpose from him apart from the tireless attitude he employed in every game. However, this season he has proved everyone wrong and has been outstanding. He has kept out a world cup winner and one of our best players of last season in Gilberto, made another fantastic young central midfielder in Diarra move away from the club and kept Diaby and Denilson from getting much opportunity in central midfield.

Nobody has minded this though since he has proved to be an outstanding player, outperforming Fabregas, in my opinion, against AC Milan even when taking into account Fabregas’s wonder strike. Flamini literally HANDLED Gattuso, Pirlo and Kaka and this was the game that really did it for me in terms of realising this guy Flamini is the real deal. No wonder Milan want him, he made their famous stars in midfield look like reserve team players, continuously intercepting, tackling and blocking out their attempts at doing anything. Flamini didn’t allow them to play and consequently didn’t allow Milan to flow at all when they lost their first ever game at home to an English side.

The sooner everyone is aware of this decision the better, however I must be honest in saying I find it a bit insulting the way Flamini has missed the deadline in the first place…he is a solid player, but nobody, especially Arsene Wenger, will allow any player to try to make themselves bigger than the club…Respect the manager who has allowed you this chance, the fans that have cheered for you all season and the club as a whole that has allowed you to become player you are today. Sign on Sunday or leave…and have a nice life.

  • Anonymous

    I think you are surprisingly generous. Whilst I thank him for his contribution, I do not think he single-handedly won the Milan game for us. It was an all round team effort and every single player played their part.

    Also, Fabregas still outperformed him in my opinion as did Clichy and Sagna. And if you mention Clichy’s error against Birmingham, I will remind you of who passed the ball to him, which put him in that position and also, who lost the ball to Gerrard, which resulted in Liverpool’s equaliser in the CL game at Emirates.

    All I am saying is that he is not perfect (not that I don’t appreciate what he has done for the club) so let’s not go overboard.

  • GeorgeSydAust

    Its fairly obvious that he’s spoken to AW and given him just reason to postpone the deadline otherwise AW wouldn’t be able to save face with the rest of the squad. Lets hope this waiting is good for everyone involved with Arsenal and not an Italian club. I want him to stay, it means we dont have to spend another year rebuilding.

  • Patrick7

    I think your blog was very good. Flamini has made a few mistakes recently but his bite, passion, energy etc make him a player that is worth waiting for; Wenger obviously thinks so! Just compare the work/cost of getting a replacement in! Before all this blew up I would have thought he was the one best suited to being captain. He’s given everything for Arsenal and perhaps seeing Eduardo’s ‘incident’ wonders whether it’s time to safeguard his future?

  • SW16Gooner

    I believe the only reason that Flamini has not yet agreed to join AC Milan is because he is waiting to see how close Arsene will get to Milan’s wage offer. This all about money. Flamini knows AC Milan will not play him in the same constructive way that he now plays for Arsenal – if Milan play him that regularly at all – and is just calling Arsene’s bluff. Admittedly, he does deserve a wage increase in recognition for his vital contribution to the team but holding a gun to Arsene’s head is not the way to do it! The only reason we are waiting for Flamini’s decision is not whether he joins AC Milan but whether he is prepared to climb-down and accept Arsene’s offer. With Edelman on his way, this may now give Arsene greater freedom to negotiate players’ wage increases in the future, but not just yet. If Flamini has any sense, as far as his career and not his wallet is concerned, then he’ll stay. Then, eventually, not only will he get the full international aclaim that he potentially deserves, but the wage that best reflects that

  • kaz (brown boy)

    I actually find it rather hilarious that he is so concerned with an extra 5 or 10 grand a week. To people like myself that really is spare change. Moreover i seem to remember a similar type of situation regarding the CASHley cole scenario and the poor little (half black) man was absolutely slated and repeatedly referred to as CASHley cunt etc etc, why isnt young matthew getting similar abuse. I am quite perplexed by this whole affair and therefore am christening flamini as flaMONEY. BRAP