Mathieu Flamini has joined Crystal Palace, and has STILL never cost a penny in transfer fees

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.

Although not everyone agreed…

Alan Pardew has rather taken to French footballers in recent years, earning himself the nickname, Alain Pardieu.

Others couldn’t help but worry for opponents of the Eagles this season, whose shin pads might need reinforcing.

Is this right? Has Flamini ever commanded a transfer fee?

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.

But the most important thing was that Flamini remained in the same city as best friend and assist-king, Mesut Ozil.


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