(born 7 March 1984 Marseille
, France) is a French professional footballer
descent who plays as a midfielder
for Serie A
Flamini was a youth team player for his local professional club Olympique de Marseille
. He made his debut for the senior team on 20 December 2003 in the 1–0 victory over Toulouse FC
. He impressed the team as a hardworking midfield player and played 14 times for the club. However, it was his performances in Marseille’s UEFA Cup
campaign that brought him to the attention of the football world, including the semi-final victory over Newcastle United
. He played in the final in Gothenburg which Valencia
won 2–0. Due to his age, Marseille was unable to offer him a long term professional contract.
On 23 July 2004, Flamini signed a professional contract for English outfit Arsenal
, rejecting Marseille's long-term senior contract offer to which he had already verbally agreed.
Flamini made his Arsenal début in the 4–1 win at Everton on 15 August 2004. He was used as a utility player starting 9 games but being used as a substitute in 12. The following season saw him filling in for a number of injured players, but unable to command a first team place in his favoured position.
While he is naturally a defensive midfielder
, Flamini was... Read More