Arsenal have released Mathieu Flamini from their line-up for next season after the Frenchman's contract with the north London club expired at the end of last season. Flamini joins Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky to make their way out of the club this summer.
Arsenal submitted the list of players they will be keeping in their squads but the list is not exhaustive as there will be additions and other departures as and when the transfer window opens officially on 1 July. The Gunners have already signed Granit Xhaka from Borussia Monchengladbach but the player will be registered with the Premier League once he is back from the Euros where he is representing Switzerland.
This was Flamini's second stint with Arsenal, after having left the cub on a free transfer in 2008 to join AC Milan. He joined the Gunners again on a free in the summer of 2013, winning two FA Cup trophies along the way. The 32-year-old made 24 appearances for the club last season, scoring two goals, both of which came in the Gunners' 2-1 win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane in the Capital One Cup.
Flamini was used extensively in the recently concluded campaign when both Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin were out injured. However, with the induction of Xhaka and the availability of Jack Wilshere, he will be way down in the pecking order for selection, which has led to the decision.
Meanwhile, Arsenal legend Ray Parlour believes that Jamie Vardy's possible move to the Gunners has broken down after the striker has decided to stay with Leicester City for another year. The former Gunners man revealed there was a medical planned at Arsenal on the day of the rumours but it did not materialise in the end following Vardy's reported U-turn.
"It looks like it isn't happening now. I was at the Arsenal the other day and there were big reports flying around, and the club's cameramen and digital staff had to get down to the training ground," Parlour told talkSPORT.
"So it looked like it was going to happen — there was a medical being done. But it seems Vardy thought about it while on England duty, and suddenly there was a U-turn."