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Mathieu Flamini | Midfielder | #20

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (32) / 3/7/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 148

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Mathieu Flamini's days at Arsenal are likely growing short but he could be back on the bench deputizing for Francis Coquelin in Week 33 after recovering from a hamstring injury.
The Francis Coquelin role is, without question, Arsenal's biggest risk. Between Coquelin's penchant for picking up cards and the potential for injury, the presence of Mathieu Flamini is important despite his fading abilities. Absent Flamini, Arsenal would be forced to deputize Calum Chambers who is inexperienced in general and even more so in a holding midfield role. Flamini should be available for a bench role on Saturday in a match that is critical to Arsenal's outside chances of staying in the title race. Apr 7 - 5:05 PM

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Mathieu Flamini picked up a hamstring injury in the 3-1 mid-week loss to Barcelona at the Nou Camp and will miss out on the trip to Everton as well.

Flamini's absence, combined with the continued absences of Aaron Ramsey and Santi Cazorla probably mean that Francis Coquelin and Mohamed Elneny will pair at the base of the Arsenal midfield on Saturday at Goodison Park. A definitive date for Flamini to return has not yet been released by the North London club.
Mar 18 - 9:27 AM

Mathieu Flamini's second stint at the club appears to be coming to an end after the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.

It looks like the renovation at the base of the Arsenal midfield has already started. Mohamed Elneny's arrival in January was the first step and the announcement of Flamini's imminent departure looks like a much-needed second step. Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta are likely to follow Flamini out the exit door which will presumably mean that Arsene Wenger will be in the market for players at the base of his midfield yet again this summer.
Feb 25 - 11:21 AM

Mathieu Flamini just hasn't been good enough as Arsenal have struggled with Francis Coquelin's absence.

Arsene Wenger's refusal to buy a holding midfielder over the summer continues to come back to bite the club as they lost to Chelsea 1-0 at the Emirates to fall to third after 23 weeks of the Premier League season. Flamini was caught out of position early in the first half and Willian used the space to put Diego Costa through. Per Mertesacker was forced to make a desperation tackle and it ended in a red card for the big German. Costa scored the only goal of the match not long after. To add insult to injury, Flamini failed to convert two presentable opportunities to knot the score. One wonders why Arsene Wenger bothered to by Mohamed Elneny if he wasn't going to play him before Francis Coquelin returns.
Jan 24 - 6:04 PM

Mathieu Flamini made way for Calum Chambers for the Bournemouth match but should be available to participate against Newcastle.

If you're of the mind that Arsenal should be able to beat Newcastle at the Emirates with either Chambers or Flamini in the holding spot then there's a strong argument that Wenger should be playing Chambers. The former Southampton man played well enough against Bournemouth and needs repetitions in the first team if he's to be counted on even as a reserve as the matches get more important down the stretch. Flamini may well resume his duties but don't be shocked if Chambers plays against both Newcastle in Week 20 and Sunderland in Week 21 before a new signing (Elneny?) gets a chance in Week 22.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 02:00:00 PM

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.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 11:04:00 AM

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
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 10:34:00 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.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 05:10:00 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.
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 05:13:00 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.
Fri, Mar 13, 2015 12:01:00 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.
Thu, Mar 12, 2015 08:58:00 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.
Thu, Feb 19, 2015 01:49:00 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
Thu, Jan 15, 2015 09:55:00 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