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Flamini To Be Offered New Deal?

Flamini To Be Offered New Deal?

Reports are appearing that we will be offering a lucrative new, extended deal to our French midfield powerhouse.

That first line could've come from circa 2002. Since PV4 left, it's kinda been put in a shelf, and kept at the back, under old envelopes and board game manuals. But since the start of the season, Arsene obviously went through the drawer and had a bit of a clearout, and came across that phrase, and thought, 'shall i get rid of this? I've not needed it for a year or two...', but he decided to hold onto it for a while.

And just as well really.

Matty Flamini's scintillating form since the start of the season has changed the minds of 95% of Gooners who wanted him nowhere near the team. Indeed, whilst I've always admired the guy's tenacity and application, and willingness to be deployed anywhere in the line of fire (most of the time, last season it obviously began to get on his tits...), I wrote a piece in the close season about who did we think would be leaving the Arsenal this summer, and should we let them go/would we miss them, which covered all the possible exits. To my shame, one of you pointed out that I'd missed off Mathieu Flamini from my possibles, and I felt embarrassed that I'd missed him off the list, having felt that he'd been given short thrift by many supporters, I'd delivered the same to him myself.

Since pre-season, the Flamster has firmly established himself as Cesc's first-choice partner in the middle of the park. A few folk were saying, it'll only be a matter of time before Gilberto gets his place back!', but, in a strange act of a situation going full circle (or whatever I actually mean), much in the same way that it took a long-term injury to Gibber to make many Arsenal fans appreciate how much we missed him, it's needed the same situation with the Flamster to dispel the notion that he's a stop-gap and nothing more, as without his drive and hustle in the middle of the park these past few games, we've lacked the fizz and spark. Truly Gilberto's successor in that case?

Someone high up at Arsenal has obviously been paying close attention to the games too (you'd hope so really, being a kinda crucial part of their job n' all...), as if reports are to be believed, Sgt Flamini is to be given a new deal, mooted to be five years, and 'lucrative'.

I hope they do, and he signs, as it'd be gutting to see an Edu-esque situation arise again, with a player who we had recently learned to love, made to wait for a deal, and then by the time one was presented to him, it was too late, and he'd made his mind up to journey to pastures new. Matty's been a real gem for us this season, he deserves that starting berth, and someone, somewhere at Arsenal, please make this piece of paper talk a reality. This is one piece of tabloid speculation I'd love to see happen.

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Date:Tuesday December 11 2007
Time: 4:04PM


Give the man a decent contract!
11/12/2007 16:26:00
The mans' work ethic is simply superb. No other player brings the enery Flamster brings to the team(evident against boro).
11/12/2007 16:59:00
Finally, I was wondering when this would be done. The sooner the better.
11/12/2007 17:30:00
He is worth 500,000 a week!
11/12/2007 17:33:00
He reminds me of Ray Parlour a little bit, in his constant work-rate and attitude, exactly what's needed in the PL. I wonder who will win the race in the long-run between him and Diarra.
11/12/2007 18:03:00
He would thoroughly deserve one. As one of his past detractors, I am happy to eat a huge slice of humble pie.
Little Dutch
11/12/2007 18:47:00
11/12/2007 18:53:00
Me too LD - Although I thought he was reverting a little bit to his old self before he got injured, hopefully the rest will have done him good!!
11/12/2007 19:09:00
Sign 'im up, up, up! Sign 'im up!
Ozi Gooner
11/12/2007 21:38:00
Sometimes we all tend to write off a player when it is more a matter of finding the right balance. Flamini's industry compliments Cescs artistry as well as the artistry of Hleb and Rosicky. The one aspect our game lacked last season is tempo and that deficiency has manifested itself in the games that Flamini has missed though Diarra has tried to compensate. Flamini is the teams battery and his energy is missed. I certainly hope he does sign a new contract.
11/12/2007 22:22:00
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