In what has been a disappointing transfer window for Arsenal, with more arrivals than departures, Arsenal are likely to lose one more player before the transfer window closes, as the Gunners have told Mathieu Flamini that he can leave the club.
The 31 year old who has lost his place in the Arsenal side to Francis Coquelin has been told he can leave North London club, with Bastia, Galatasaray and Beskitas all interested in the French man. Flamini is yet to feature for Arsenal this season, which might suggest that the Frenchman now has limited role to play in the club.
With both Beskitas and Galatasaray interested in Flamini, there is a great chance of him leaving for either of the two clubs, as there is enough time to work out a transfer due to the fact that the transfer window for England and Turkey will be opened till Tuesday evening.
Flamini’s last Premier League start came in December last year, having been relegated to the bench by rising star Francis Coquelin who was magnificent for Arsenal in the second half of the season.
However, considering the large degree of impossibility in bringing in a replacement for Flamini on short notice, Arsenal selling Flamini could backfire on the club. Presently the Gunners have just Arteta and Coquelin as their defensive midfielders as the likes of Wilshere and Rosicky face lengthy spells on the sidelines. Selling Flamini without bringing in a replacement will leave Arsenal short-handed in the defensive midfield which is not favourable considering the fact the Gunners have four competitions to compete in this season. Having Flamini has a cover for both Arteta and Coquelin can surely do no harm to Arsenal.