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PHW: Flamini Signs Not Promising

Peter Hill-Wood thinks that the prospects of Mathieu Flamini signing the new contract waiting for his signature are not good.

He's quoted on skysports.com as saying,

We have made what we think is a pretty generous offer and we are waiting to hear whether he will accept or not.

You just don't know nowadays. You think players have a pretty good life, but, somehow, someone persuades them the grass might be greener somewhere else.

So I don't know the answer, all I know is we think we have pushed the boat out.


On top of everything else, Juve (who I seem to recall saying that Flamini was not in their transfer plans, and declaring so out of their 'great respect' for Arsenal - or was that another italian team?) seem to think they're in the driving seat to sign the driving-force in the Arsenal midfield. In the same article, Juve's director, Lean-Claude Blanc is quoted as saying how they are at the head of the queue, in front of Milan:

We have the advantage (over Milan). As a child Flamini was a supporter of Juve.

We also have a sporting project in place and we will be in the Champions League. Milan will not.


It's hard to know what to think - I really want the guy to stay, but if he were to leave - and on a free at that - i would be an arch hypocrite were I to take issue with him and with Juve.

After all, isn't that how he joined us? I know the circumstances were slightly different as whilst with Marseilles he had yet to sign a senior professional contract, but in essence it's the same. We would be losing a player for nothing that we got for nothing (well, save for the compensation fee we were instructed to pay l'OM for developing the player. And I didn't take issue when he joined for free from the French Ligue 1 outfit.

Apparently Juve are willing to offer him 10K per week more than we are. And he was a Juve fan as a child - it's kinda hard to compete against that. If Flamini is to depart, you have to wonder how much it would cost us to replace him. Let's hope Arsene's got a rabbit he's ready to pull out of a hat...

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Writer:Wingston
Date:Wednesday April 23 2008
Time: 3:48PM

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Comments

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If Flamini is really that mercenary and has no loyalty, then let him do a Cashley. He will regret it. Bring in Barry. Same commitment, same workrate, same type of player.
Cesky
23/04/2008 15:58:00
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You can't blame Flamini if he does go - even if you might be a little disappointed in him. The contract situation has changed enormously over recent years in favour of the player which makes it all the more important that you spend your transfer budget wisely.
Amos.
23/04/2008 16:05:00
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Arsene please tell me you put a clause in the deal with Portsmouth so we can re-sign Diarra! Loyalty in football in this day is a very rare thing from both players and clubs. We can hardly moan about matty leaving when we refuse to give top quality servants like Bobby Pires and Dennis Bergkamp more than 1 year deals due to their age.
iceman10
23/04/2008 16:20:00
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If he does leave, then who you think might replace him? A new signing or a youth player?
Fan of Blues
23/04/2008 16:27:00
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Lets wait and see what happens before we jump the gun. If he does leave in no way is it the same as Cashley. Flamini did not go behind our backs meetng agents and managers. From january he was free to talk to anyone as he is basically a free agent on the last year of his contract. If Wenger had rated him higher last july he would of offered him a longer contract then.
paul_ownz
23/04/2008 16:27:00
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I wish we had seen more of Denilson this year because he is a kind of Gilberto/Fabregas hybrid who I feel could perform this role. However next year is so vital we cannot take any risks in regard to numbers in our squad, we must sign a player to replace Flamini if he leaves.
iceman10
23/04/2008 16:34:00
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Song, Barry or as idiot **** said, Loric Cana.
Goofle
23/04/2008 16:36:00
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this situation is ridiculous.. i cannot understand how we are willing to let go one of our star players who still has some 4-5 years of quality football left in him.. take a look at what players elsewhere are earning.. obafemi martins 90K/week, ljunberg 70K/week, wes brown 60K/week.. and we r offering flamini who by all accounts is the best defensive midfielder in the league this season a meagre 50K/week.. why cant we just offer wat diarra was earning when he was here to flamini and hleb and tie them down.. i'm sure diarra was getting something in the region of 20-30K/week when he was playing for us.. then just use that money and give flamini the recognition he deserves.. i cannot see any other defensive midfielder who are available apart from essien who will not come cheap.. pls hold on to him arsene.
McGooner
23/04/2008 16:40:00
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i think there is a good chance we mite resign diarra.......i dont think chelsea will let essien go ...thats out of question
karley
23/04/2008 16:50:00
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Do we think Arsenal are unfair in how they pay players? if so how comes so many others want to stay? he has played well for ONE year so i dont think he should treat the siuation this way, if that the case at least. I believe as soon as a player is indecisive about staying, for whatever reason, he should be given an easy path to leave. Not that you tell them to leave but that they know its ok to bounce! I say this because as a fan i would not want to go through what Henry and Viera put the team through year after year, its just not cool to the fans, i believe. So if Flam thinks the grass is greener on the other side, he should just go with the blessings of the organization and fans alike. Blessings!
Paulsito
23/04/2008 17:00:00
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