After having signed Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach and having triggered the release clause of Jamie Vardy, Arsenal have moved to remove from players from their squad as they bid to fall in line with the Premier League squad rule. To this end, Arsenal have released Mathieu Flamini.
The Frenchman’s contract with the club expired at the end of last season and Arsenal have confirmed he [Flamini] will leave the club at the end of this month.
This is Flamini’s second spell at the Noth London Club, after having left the club to join AC Milan on a free transfer in 2008. He was brought back to the club during the summer transfers in 2013 on a free.
The 32-year-old made 24 appearances for the club last season, featuring only when Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin were out injured. He won two FA Cup trophies, scoring two goals, both of which came in the Gunners’ 2-1 win over rivals Tottenham at White Hart Lane in the Capital One Cup.
It is believed that his departure was triggered by the inclusion of Borussia Monchengladbach & Switzerland midfielder, Granit Xhaka, who signed for the Gunners at the end of the season.
Flamini alongside Mikel Arteta (won won two FA Cup winners’ medals during his time at Arsenal) and Tomas Rosicky (spent 10 years at the Emirates) are set to make their way out of the club this summer. The experienced trio were all out of contract this summer Arsenal Manager, Arsene Wenger has decided not to renew their contracts further.
Wenger recently confirmed the departure of Flamini, Arteta and Rosicky and thanked them for their contributions in recent years.