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Mathieu Flamini set to leave Arsenal when contract ends in June - sources

Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini is set to leave the club at the end of the season as he is unlikely to be offered a new deal, sources have told ESPN FC.

Flamini is out of contract this summer and although the Frenchman was hoping to earn a one-year extension, the club have indicated that they have no plans to keep the midfielder at the Emirates.

He turns 32 next month and his age means Arsenal are reticent to offer him new terms. He has been in and out of the Arsenal side this season and came close to leaving North London last summer.

Mathieu Flamini was all too happy to push forward in attack, which left Arsenal exposed against Chelsea.
Mathieu Flamini has made 167 Premier League appearances for Arsenal.

The emergence of Francis Coquelin as Arsenal's first choice defensive midfielder has left Flamini on the sidelines, while the January arrival of Egypt international Mohamed Elneny has pushed him further down the pecking order in Arsene Wenger's plans.

Sources have also told ESPN FC that Wenger is in the market for a new midfielder this summer rendering Flamini surplus to requirements.

Flamini has spent seven years at Arsenal during two spells at the club, first between 2004 and 2008 before returning in 2013 from AC Milan.


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