If you cast your eye across the British footballing landscape these days, you’ll notice a smattering of ex-Arsenal players across the land.
Nicklas Bendtner at Nottingham Forest, Benik Afobe at Bournemouth and Kolo Toure at Celtic are but a few examples of former Arsenal players making their way elsewhere.
And now former sleeve-rebel and no-nonsense tackler, Mathieu Flamini, adds his name to the list, having joined Crystal Palace on a free transfer.
The transfer marked a pretty good summer for Palace, according to some.
Crystal Palace’s summer signings:
—FlaminiSeptember 8, 2016
Although not everyone agreed…
I swear I read somewhere that the Palace chairman got rid of Jedinak cause he's wants them to be top 10.. So you sign Flamini? Umm.. 🤔 #CPFC— Jamie Plummer (@Jampa9) September 8, 2016
Alan Pardew has rather taken to French footballers in recent years, earning himself the nickname, Alain Pardieu.
17 - Mathieu Flamini could be become the 17th Frenchman to make a @premierleague appearance under Alan Pardew. Channelled.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) September 8, 2016
Others couldn’t help but worry for opponents of the Eagles this season, whose shin pads might need reinforcing.
Love the idea of a Yohan Cabaye / Mathieu Flamini midfield pair. The legs! The tackling!— Jack Pitt-Brooke (@JackPittBrooke) September 8, 2016
Is this right? Has Flamini ever commanded a transfer fee?
Good luck to Flamini at Crystal Palace. Has he actually joined a club for a transfer fee?— Pedro De Sousa (@Josepds81) September 8, 2016
It’s true! Arsenal may have paid some form of compensation to Marseille to bring him to London, but the Frenchman has apparently never commanded a fee.
Others looked ahead to the end of the season, when Arsenal’s transfer business could make for a tasty narrative.
Flamini & Wilshere in a relegation battle this season. pic.twitter.com/OHs0veYcVy— Al 🏴 (@ArsenalAlex1993) September 8, 2016
But the most important thing was that Flamini remained in the same city as best friend and assist-king, Mesut Ozil.
At least Ozil and Flamini can still hang out. #AFC— On Me Head Son! (@Danielfloyd1981) September 8, 2016