Crystal Palace has signed former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini for the remainder of the season. The Frenchman joins the Eagles on a free transfer.
Flamini, 32, was a available for free after being released by Arsenal at the end of last season. The central midfielder had two stints at Arsenal, along with spells at Marseille and AC Milan. He made 246 appearances for Arsenal in all competitions, picking up three FA Cup trophies. He also won a Serie A title while at Milan.
The hard-working midfielder made 16 league appearances for the Gunners last season, but was in the end deemed surplus by manager Arsene Wenger. Flamini said he’s exciting to get back on the pitch with Palace.
“Crystal Palace is a very ambitious club with great players and I am looking forward to being part of that squad,” Flamini told the club’s official website after the deal was done. “It is a very interesting challenge for me and I am very excited to be here.
“I have had chance to discuss the move here with Alan Pardew and he really helped me make my decision.”
Palace manager Alan Pardew added: “I thought it was important to get another midfield player. His playing ability will help us but also his leadership qualities and his ability of how to win games in a passing style. I am delighted that we have secured a player of his stature.”
Flamini could make his debut on Saturday, as Palace takes on newcomers Middlesbrough on the road.