Early in 2007 the story was going around that Flamini (who we signed from Marseille in 2004) was fed up with the lack of starting opportunities he had at Arsenal. He was played in a lot of games, but mostly as a substitute.
Flamini didn’t leave at the end of 2006/7 of course, and went on to start in most games in 2007/8 – so he got what he wanted. Arsenal also played in the Euro Cup that season, and got into it again for 2008/9, as we all know.
Flamini then left, as we all also know. He left for a team that did not qualify for the Champions League. Which looked a bit odd.
Now we find he has left for a team that doesn’t include him in the starting line up either. He’s back to coming on as a substitute.
So there he was. Virtually guaranteed a place in the Arsenal starting XI. On the edge of creating one of the great EPL partnerships with Fabregas. Playing in the top competition. And he gives it all up to be a substitute, and play against the likes of the Tiny Totts in the Diddly Cup.
For some people the word “prat” seems just a perfect description. One might almost start beliving that all the chat on this web site about their being a “Curse of Arsenal” might perhaps, actually be true. Poor old Hleb out injured. That Mr Henry being kept out of the BarBarBarca-Sheep team by Eto’o and when he does play, being played on the wing. Mr Flamini not in the Euro Cup and not even in the team most of the time.
It is enough to make you cry your heart out.
Or not, as the case might be.
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