Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has been released by Italian giants AC Milan.
The Frenchman left the Gunners in 2008 and joined the Serie A outfit on a free transfer after failing to agree a new deal with the London outfit.
But after four years at the San Siro, Massimiliano Allergri has called time on his adventure in Italy and has placed Flamini on the free agent list.
He had a mixed spell at the Rossoneri after finding it difficult to break into the first team in his preferred central midfield position with competition from the likes of Genaro Gattuso, Andrea Pirlo, Clarence Seedorf and Massimo Ambrosini.
His best run of fortune came at right-back where he got a run in the side after he struggled for regular first team football.
After a successful run in the 2010-11 season where he helped Milan to the Scudetto, he missed the entire 2011-12 campaign after a knee operation.
It was a similar story for the 28-year-old when he moved to Highbury from Marseille in 2004 after playing just 14 games for the French outfit.
He was used by Wenger as a utility player, often coming off the bench to fill in where required.
Flamini got more action in the last year at Highbury but mainly at full-back due to injuries to Ashley Cole, Gaël Clichy, Pascal Cygan, Lauren and Kerrea Gilbert. He played immensely well at left-back throughout the campaign and was an integral part in Arsenal’s run to the 2006 Champions League final.
He again didn’t feature too much when the Gunners moved to the Emirates until the 2007-08 season after turning down a move to Birmingham City the summer before.
Just like a few years earlier, Flamini broke into the side after injuries kept Abou Diaby and Gilberton on the sidelines.
He filled in so well that he kept the duo out of the team and forged a formidable partnership with Cesc Fabregas in the centre of Arsenal’s midfielder as they came so close to clinching the Premier League title.
However he left at the end of the season and moved to Milan for the next four years, which brings us to today.
He’s 28, is more than familiar with the Arsenal set up and would cost the club absolutely nothing.
Should we try to bring him back to North London? I would say depends.
There is no question that we need a dominant, commanding central midfielder, step forward Yann M’Vila, and need to start signing better quality in general.
While he had one outstanding campaign with Arsenal, it was just the one season, for the three others he wasn’t particularly amazing.
But if push came to shove and we were running out of time, I’m sure he would provide valuable backup, not just in central midfield, but as cover for our increasingly injury-prone full-backs.
Should Wenger bring back the Flaminal back to Arsenal? Have your say below.