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Mathieu Flamini | Midfielder

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (31) / 3/7/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 148

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Mathieu Flamini, the hero of Arsenal's League Cup win over Spurs at White Hart Lane, has been declared fit for Week 9 against Watford.
With Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta both available as well, Flamini's availability may not translate to an actual place in the squad. Coquelin is the unquestioned starter in the "destroyer" role when he is healthy and available and Wenger seems to favor Arteta as the deputy despite his poor health in recent times. Those factors and depth elsewhere on the roster could mean Flamini watches from the stands at Vicarage Road. Oct 15 - 11:04 AM

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Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta are both out for Arsenal's match with Manchester United in Week 8 with minor injuries.

With Francis Coquelin back neither reserve holding midfielder was expected to start but the Gunners are perilously thin at the position should Coquelin not be able to start and finish the match. Calum Chambers could deputize but with Michael Carrick, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin the opposition, Chambers would be a huge risk to be exposed if he were to make it on to the pitch. Wenger will have his fingers crossed that Coquelin is ready to play well for the full 90.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 2 - 10:34 AM

Mathieu Flamini was rewarded with his first Premier League start of 2015 following his two goal haul and match-of-the-match performance at White Hart Lane in the Capital One cup midweek. However injury cut short the French midfielders’ afternoon.

Flamini helped Arsenal progress to the fourth round of the cup on Wednesday – thanks in the main – to his first ever brace as a professional and following the loss of Francis Coquelin to a knee injury, the 31 year-old was handed his opportunity. But Flamini only lasted a little over 20 minutes at The King Power Stadium as the Gunners thrashed the previously unbeaten Leicester [5-2]. Alexis Sanchez was the hero of the hour scoring his first PL hat-trick while Walcott and Giroud chipped in with a goal apiece. Flamini will now be assessed – hamstring – but is unlikely to be fit for the Champions League tie v Olympiakos. Coquelin has a chance and Gabriel will return from suspension.
Sep 27 - 5:10 AM

Mathieu Flamini picked a great time to score an unexpected brace as the holding midfielder scored the only two goals the Gunners would need in their 2-1 League Cup win over bitter rivals Tottenham.

Flamini wasn't much of a goal-scorer in his prime and his prime is well past but he turned not only goal-scorer on Wednesday but the scorer of impressive goals. His winner in the second half was of exceptional quality. Arsenal took the lead into halftime on Flamini's first strike only to see that lead clawed back by a Calum Chambers own goal from a Nacer Chadli cross. It was Flamini who put the Gunners ahead again for good with a spectacular volley in the 77th minute.
Sep 23 - 5:13 PM

Mathieu Flamini has recovered from a hamstring injury and should be available for action against West Ham United in Week 29 action.

That Flamini is available is good news for Arsene Wenger because he lacks depth in the holding role. That said, it is unlikely that Flamini will supplant Francis Coquelin who has been very good since taking over the starting holding midfield role from the combination of Mikel Arteta and Flamini. Expect Flamini to be a reserve and only to figure if Coquelin is injured or Arsenal make a defensive substitute to defend a lead late in the match.
Mar 13 - 12:01 PM

Arsene Wenger has confirmed Mathieu Flamini will be available for this weekends’ derby game against West Ham at the Emirates but despite "good progress" from Jack Wilshere the England international has not joined the main group in training.

The Gunners will also be without the services of winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain because of a hamstring strain although the club are still waiting for the results of his scan to confirm the extent of the tear – initial reports suggest in the region of a month. The fit-again Aaron Ramsey is a replacement option along with Theo Walcott who has been waiting patiently in the wings – Tomas Rosicky has also recovered from illness. Gabriel Paulista could return earlier than expected following a thigh injury – the Brazilian should be back in training on Sunday and the defender will be assessed before the Champions League tie in Monaco.
Mar 12 - 8:58 AM

Mathieu Flamini, pushed to the bench by Francis Coquelin's emergence, faces a late fitness test on a tight hamstring ahead of Saturday's match against Crystal Palace.

Flamini was likely targeted for a role on the bench again after stepping back into the starting line-up for Sunday's FA Cup win over Middlesbrough. Francis Coquelin is healthy and has been the starter when healthy since his return from his loan at Charlton. With Calum Chambers potentially deputizing for Hector Bellerin, there is some question as to who might fill in for Coquelin if Flamini can't go. Perhaps Gabriel slots in to the holding midfield role if things go horribly wrong for the Gunners with injuries on Saturday.
Feb 19 - 1:49 PM

17-year-old holding midfield prospect Krystian Bielik will fly to London Friday for a medical ahead of a move to the Emirates from Legia Warsaw.

The rising Polish star is the next in a long line of "Next Patrick Vieira" signings that Arsenal have made since the original left the club. At 6'2", the Polish youth international has only played five times in the Polish first division so supporters should be viewing this as "one for the future" more so than a quick fix for Arsenal's current needs at either holding midfielder, his natural position, or central defender. This may end up being a strong signing but it shouldn't stop Wenger from going in for Morgan Schneiderlin, William Carvalho, Winston Reid or any of the other experienced targets he has been linked to.
Source: The Guardian
Jan 15 - 9:55 AM

Mathieu Flamini is rarely a strong fantasy option but with Stoke attacking frequently the holding midfielder produced big points even while Arsenal conceded three goals.

It is one of the quirks of fantasy formats that reward defending stats like passes intercepted, tackles won and blocked shots that a holding midfielder or defender on a team that gets dominated can have a great fantasy week. Such was the case for Mathieu Flamini who was culpable in Arsenal's defensive weakness but at the same time was accumulating six interceptions, two blocked shots, and three tackles won. Good for fantasy managers but not so much for Arsenal supporters.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 09:14:00 AM

Mathieu Flamini and Aaron Ramsey allayed injury fears post-match on Tuesday night as Arsene Wenger confirmed the pair were replaced at half-time as a precaution due to muscular tightness – calf & hamstring respectively.

The game was effectively over as a contest on 29 minutes having eradicated any lingering hangover from Saturdays’ defeat at the Britannia with three quick-fire goals – a brace from Ramsey which included a stunning strike from outside the box. Lukas Podolski also managed to get his name on the score sheet providing a nice reminder that the German still has something to offer. Having rested a number of players in Turkey – Sanchez, Cazorla & Koscielny - Arsene Wenger will be able to call upon his refreshed squad members for the match against Newcastle this weekend. Mathieu Flamini [calf] should be fine while Yaya Sanogo and Mathieu Debuchy gained valuable game time although Calum Chambers will be suspended.
Source: HITC Sport
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 06:01:00 AM

Arsenal kept their title hopes afloat while strengthening a Champions League position by seeing out a hard fought 1-1 draw with Manchester City, thanks largely in part to a goal from Mathieu Flamini.

While the Gunners continue to do their best with a depleted midfield missing the likes of Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and Jack Wilshere, they continue to show their depth with contributions from the likes of Tomas Rosicky and today Flamini, who made up for his midweek blunder that cost Arsenal points against Swasea with a clutch goal coming off a low cross into the area from Lukas Podolski. An away game to Everton next, but the final five fixtures are quite favorable for Arsene Wenger's side.
Sat, Mar 29, 2014 03:36:00 PM

A deflected save bounced off of Mathieu Flamini and into the Arsenal net to undo Arsenal's second half comeback and force a late draw against Swansea City.

Arsene Wenger continued to get his team selection wrong this week. Against Chelsea he should have gone conservative and selected Flamini and Arteta in an attempt to hold Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. At the Emirates, Wenger selected two holding midfielders when he should have attacked and paid the price for most of the match as Arsenal failed to mount an attack. Not until the more attack-oriented Lukas Podolski was introduced did Arsenal erase Swansea's 1-0 lead. Podolski and Giroud (from Podolski) scored in quick succession only to see Flamini's OG cost the Gunners two points in the 90th minute.
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 06:50:00 PM

Mathieu Flamini was red carded for a two-footed challenge late in the second half of a match that ended up as a 2-2 draw.

When Arsenal needed a full squad the most, Mathieu Flamini's rash red card for a two-footed challenge ensured that they wouldn't have one. Tied 2-2, Arsenal couldn't mount a significant attack down a man in the final minutes in an attempt to ensure that they remained top of the table after Week 23. As it stands, they will have to hope both Chelsea and Manchester City drop points on Wednesday. With Chelsea hosting West Ham, that seems unlikely. Olivier Giroud and Santi Cazorla scored for the Gunners while Jose Fonte and Adam Lallana scored for the Saints.
Tue, Jan 28, 2014 06:44:00 PM

Mathieu Flamini has picked up five yellow cards in eight League matches, and will therefore be banned against Southampton after the international break.

Flamini has brought balance and steel to the Arsenal midfield, but not discipline. Jack Wilshere will likely step into the starting lineup for the Frenchman. Wilshere himself is on four yellows, and facing a suspension after one more, as he was carded against Manchester United as well.
Mon, Nov 11, 2013 03:25:00 PM

Mathieu Flamini has apparently recovered from his groin injury and will be available for selection against Manchester United on Sunday.

With Arsenal having played well against Liverpool and Dortmund in Flamini's absence it is unclear whether he will get the start at Old Trafford or not. With Arteta creating a strong platform for Arsenal's attacking midfielders to get forward, it will be up to Wenger to determine if extra defensive midfield support will be required to deal with van Persie-Rooney-Januzaj or if Arsenal will throw caution to the wind and field a more attacking group in midfield. It will be an interesting indication of what Wenger thinks of both Flamini's fitness as well as United's attacking prowess.
Fri, Nov 8, 2013 03:58:00 PM