history of betrayal is something that should have given us the hint.
His move to Arsenal from Marseille wasn’t without controversy and even though he’d verbally agreed, he renegaded on that agreement to sign for us. A famous quote soon followed by then manager Jose Anigo…
“This is a beautiful treason. He used me.”
For Flamini, this is a case of deja-vu, but this time Arsene and Arsenal are the used and abused. But can we complain? Are we, were we just as quilty as Flamini considering our previous exploits… or should we have seen this coming? Are we naive to let a player run to the end of his contract who is renowned for his disloyalty?
In a piece I did a couple of months ago, I highlighted the fact that Matty wanted £80,000 per week. Our offer from last year was £40k, double what he is earning now and a year retrospective payment. This payment would be a lump sum £1m figure. Matty wanted £80k, and his insistance eventually saw us increase our offer to £50k per week and £1.5m sign on fee. For a player that has only emerged this season, that’s a good offer. Some of us won’t even earn that in a year.
But Flamini won’t even review anything less than £60k and we won’t go above £50k. It’s a sorry state of affairs that it all comes down to money. Cashley Cole departed on similar terms.
Peter Hill wood has been vocal on this matter:
“We have made what we think is a pretty generous offer and we are waiting to hear whether he will accept or not. You just don’t know nowadays. You think players have a pretty good life, but, somehow, someone persuades them the grass might be greener somewhere else.
“So I don’t know the answer, all I know is we think we have pushed the boat out.”
As recently discussed, Juventus have offered Matty Flamini a contract believed to be in the region of £60k a week in addition to a £3.5m sign on fee. We won’t match this and it looks like Matty will be off. We have a wage stucture to adhere to and we can’t be held by ransom.
Yesterday Juventus confirmed that the deal was almost complete after his agent agreed terms “in principle”.
“We have the advantage (over Milan). As a child Flamini was a supporter of Juve.
“We also have a sporting project in place and we will be in the Champions League. Milan will not.”
A real shame considering what we have done as an Arsenal family this season, a real shame.