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3rd Aug, 2016 | 12:33pm

Race for Arsenal stalwart hots up as former side lead charge - report

By Will Butcher

Ligue 1 side Marseille are interested in beefing up their midfield by re-signing Arsenal stalwart Mathieu Flamini, according to a report.

The combative midfielder, 32, is currently without a club after his Emirates deal expired at the end of June and is looking for a new side.

French publication Foot Mercato claim that Marseille are leading the charge for the French international as they look to add steel to the base of their midfield.

The former Marseille man signed for the Gunners in 2004, before joining AC Milan four years later. After five years in Italy, the French international rejoined Arsene Wenger’s side in 2013 for a second spell.

In total, Flamini spent seven years at Arsenal in two separate spells and made 242 first-team appearances.

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According to Supers CommesseChampionship giants Leeds United are also interested in a making a move for the billionaire, who has made a fortune by owning a company that produces a chemical that could save the planet and it has entered a market worth £20billion.

However, a move back to old side Marseille could be too tempting to turn down for Flamini, who has a wealth of experience with over 388 professional appearances and three FA Cups to his name.

In other Arsenal transfer news, manager Arsene Wenger is keen on making a second English centre-back signing this summer.