EXCLUSIVE | By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Mathieu Flamini has been told by Arsenal he can find another club as he prepares to leave Emirates Stadium for a second time, Football Insider sources understand.
The Premier League outfit are willing to negotiate a severance package with the midfielder to enable him to find another club.
As revealed by Football Insider in April, Flamini is heading for the Emirates Stadium exit after plans to hold talks on a contract extension stalled.
The Frenchman, who turned 31 in March, is increasingly surplus to requirements and Arsenal are now ready to discuss a deal in which he leaves the club with a pay-off.
His current deal, which began in 2013, is a ‘two years plus one’ deal, which allows him to be granted a further 12 months beyond this summer if he plays in a stipulated number of matches this season.
Flamini has made 33 appearances for the Gunners in the recently-completed domestic campaign, including 15 Premier League starts, but he has been a fringe player since Francis Coquelin returned from a loan spell at Charlton Athletic in December to cement his place in Arsene Wenger’s team.
At that point, Arsenal were willing to open negotiations with Flamini on an extension but Wenger handed Coquelin a new contract and plans to recruit a proven midfield anchorman this summer to compete with the 24-year-old Frenchman.
Despite his injury, Mikel Arteta has agreed the terms of a one-year contract extension and Wenger also added teenager Krystian Bielik in January.
Flamini spent four years with the Gunners from 2004-2008 before re-joining in 2013 after five years at AC Milan.