Mathieu Flamini has confirmed that the offer of a three-year deal at Arsenal and the opportunity to work with Arsene Wenger were the two main reasons why he rejected a new contract at AC Milan and the chance to play in Germany.
The French midfielder, who made his comeback debut against Spurs just 48 hours after putting pen-to-paper at the Emirates, explained that at 29 he thought long and hard about his next step.
“Milan asked me to extend my contract for two years,” Flamini told France Football.
“However, at 29-years-old, I didn’t want to sign anything less than three seasons. I had other opportunities in Italy where clubs other than Milan contacted me, as well as from sides in Germany and England.
“At this stage of my career it was an important choice, so I took time to think. To maintain my fitness I decided to train with Arsenal and then over time the deal unfolded.
The fact that Arsene Wenger is still at the club was an important part of my decision, he knows me very well and has played a big role in my career.
“He introduced me to the best league, the Premier League, and has taught me on many levels, tactical, technical and mental.”