Why Flamini should be on Arsene's radar

Arsene Wenger surprised everyone when he reversed his policy on bringing back players who had left the Arsenal when he gave Sol Campbell the chance to revive his career. The move, it has to be said, has been a brilliant success, with Campbell head and shoulders our best player in recent games, so is it time for AW to take a look at making a move for other players who have moved on?
We have already spoken about Alex Hleb who, like so many former Gunners, has seen his career stutter since he moved to Barca and then went on loan to Stuttgart. Now he is in a kind of limbo and is being touted with a possible return to the Premier League. I for one would like to see him back at the home of football.
But which other ex-Arsenal stars else would improve our side? Dare I mention a certain Mathieu Flamini? He has hardly been a leading light in the AC Milan side under Leonardo which could mean he would consider a move away from the San Siro. He is still only 26, has the energy of Duracel bunny and certainly adds steel to any midfield in which he plays.
Isn’t that what we’ve been lacking in the central midfield? Indeed, across the pitch? Are we nasty enough? How soft is Abou Diaby BTW? Of course, we don’t want to revert to all-out thuggery and abandon our principles of free-flowing football (Stoke, Blackburn et al do a good enough job of this type intimidation as they go about their anti-football tactics) but it is clear we need more fire in our bellies. Flamini would immediately give us that. About a year ago, tellingly, he said: “Arsenal are in my heart and they will be in my heart for ever. I will always be an Arsenal fan and leaving was not easy.” Wages could be an issue.
It is no argument to say we have Alex Song as a defensive midfielder so there is no room for Flamini to return. You can never have enough good players at the club and again, as mentioned in previous blogs, we need a stronger squad to cope with our horrendous injury list. Just a thought…
Moving on to this morning’s papers and the round-up of possible transfer targets for the Arsenal featured in Her Majesty’s Press. The Sun, amongst others, reports that Gianluigi Buffon says he would relish a move to Arsenal if Juventus show him the door. But the quotes they use don’t say that at all, rather that he would consider a move to the Premier League.
Buffon said: “If I had to leave, I think England would be my destination. My desire to leave Juve is equal to that of Juve’s will to have me leave.  We will see if we will decide for our paths to continue together.”
The Mail says the Italy international, 32, had great hopes heading into the 2009-10 campaign but has been disappointed with his side’s performances and for a second straight year, Juve will finish the season without any silverware and to make matters worse, with no chance of playing in the Champions League next term. At least we are in the CL, Gigi!
Worryingly, the Mirror says AW is likely to stick with Lukasz Fabianski and Manuel Almunia’s but are scouting several keepers with AZ Alkmaar’s Sergio Romero and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Ukrainian keeper Andriy Pyatov on the list.
But we will not be making Polish keeper Wojciech Szczesny, 20, our new No,1 any time soon, says the paper, as he is being offered round to Championship clubs for a season-long loan next term.

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