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Mathieu Flamini | Midfielder

Team: Arsenal
Age / DOB:  (30) / 3/7/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 148

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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

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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

Mathieu Flamini has been a revelation in his return to Arsenal but that revelation will be put on hold while he deals with a groin injury.

With key fixtures coming up, Arsenal will have plenty of midfielders to fill in for Flamini but none who offer his energy and nasty edge in the holding role. Flamini will likely be out for the key stretch of matches which includes Liverpool on Saturday, Dortmund on November 6th and Manchester United on November 10th. Arsenal will have to hope that a slightly different midfield mix will see them through these challenges.
Wed, Oct 30, 2013 12:49:00 PM

After suffering a mild concussion against Norwich City, Mathieu Flamini came off against Crystal Palace with a groin injury.

Flamini will not be considered for the League Cup tie against Chelsea, and is having a scan to determine the severity of the injury. Arsenal will go into the Chelsea match without either of their first choice central midfielders, as Mikel Arteta is banned after his red card against the Eagles.
Source: Arsenal
Mon, Oct 28, 2013 04:11:00 PM

Mathieu Flamini, injured last weekend against Norwich with a concussion returned for eight minutes before leaving the Crystal Palace match with a groin injury.

Mathieu Flamini has arguably been the best value signing of the summer. Coming back to Arsenal on a free from Milan he has slotted into one of the two holding midfield slots and provided energy and aggression that had been missing since he departed. He was particularly invaluable immediately after his arrival when Arsenal's midfield was riddled with injuries. With Mikel Arteta, Jack Wilshere, and Santi Cazorla all back to health, Flamini's absence for parts of the last two matches wasn't as conspicuous but Arsene Wenger will hope the Frenchman is available to help keep Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge in check next weekend.
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 10:12:00 PM

Mathieu Flamini is available for Arsenal after suffering a mild concussion last weekend against Norwich City.

Flamini and Alexander Tettey knocked heads last weekend and the Frenchman had to leave the match. He was kept out of the Champions League match against Dortmund as a precaution but should be available for Arsenal against Crystal Palace in tomorrow's early match.
Sat, Oct 26, 2013 12:07:00 AM

Mathieu Flamini is nursing a shoulder injury that may cause him to miss Arsenal's match against Swansea in Week 6.

The French midfielder has been very effective since returning to the Arsenal squad in August. With so many injuries in the midfield to players like Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta early in the season, this contribution has been critical to Arsenal's early season success. Flamini has brought needed bite and energy to a midfield mix too often shaded toward skill and finesse. If Flamini isn't able to play on Saturday, Arsenal have Arteta back as an option along with Wilshere and Ramsey (assuming Ramsey passes his fitness test).
Fri, Sep 27, 2013 05:05:00 PM

Arsenal, struggling for defensive-minded players at the moment, welcome back former-Gooner Mathieu Flamini on a free transfer.

The French utility player was a very useful player for Arsene Wenger's oft-injured squad on his first tour of duty with the club. After five seasons in Italy with Milan it remains to be seen whether he can still be a useful Premier League player. His style - high energy and physical - was always a better fit in the Premier League than in the more technical Serie A - but at 29 years-old one wonders if those particular elements are still sufficiently abundant to merit significant playing time. Flamini has been training with Arsenal for multiple weeks so they aren't buying on little information. Probably best to assume he's still physically prepared to fulfill whatever role Wenger has in mind for him.
Thu, Aug 29, 2013 02:06:00 PM