December 22 2013 Latest news:
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Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour has hailed the impact Mathieu Flamini has had at Arsenal since he re-signed for the club on a free transfer during the summer.
The French midfielder – who left the Gunners for AC Milan in 2008 – was snapped up by Arsene Wenger in August after he came to the end of his contract with the Italian side.
Flamini’s return was not the type of big money transfer spending Arsenal fans were crying out for, but the combative 29-year-old has been a key figure in their impressive start to the campaign.
Parlour believes Flamini has slotted into the team like he’s never been away and is pleased to see him proving his doubters wrong.
He told talkSPORT: “Flamini has been a really good signing. When [Wenger] first went in for Flamini as a free transfer I thought, ‘Is it always good to go back to a club?’
“But he’s played really well. He’s done exactly what he did before he went to Milan. He won the ball back gave it to [Cesc] Fabregas in those days and now he’s doing exactly the same but giving it to the likes of [Aaron] Ramsey, [Mesut] Ozil and [Jack] Wilshere.”
Parlour believes Flamini’s run of form could be bad news for fellow midfielder Mikel Arteta, who is just returning from injury after missing the start of the season.
“Flamini has done a really good job in there and it’s a shame for Arteta because he’s back now but I don’t think he’s going to be playing because Flamini is playing so well.”
Arsenal turn their attentions to the Champions League this evening as Group F rivals Napoli visit the Emirates Stadium.