Despite controversially leaving Arsenal on a free transfer to AC Milan in 2008, Mathieu Flamini says he continues to follow the club and has spoken with his close friend Robin Van Persie about his uncertain future at the team.
Van Persie has one year remaining at Arsenal and he has made it clear in a statement on his website a month ago that he isn't interested in re-signing with the club due to differences of ideology. The 29-year-old forward wants Arsenal to spend aggressively to contend for trophies while the club continues to maintain its practical philosophy. As a result, Van Persie has been linked with a move to Manchester City and Juventus.
"He has a very complicated situation because he has to make a very important decision," Flamini told Goal.com. "He's a good friend of mine and I'm sure whatever he decides will be best for him and his family. I will support him in whatever he decides."
Van Persie's desire to leave might have changed after the club landed creative Spanish midfielder Santi Carzola and added forwards Lukas Polodoski and Oliver Giroud during the transfer window.
Flamini shared a similar situation to that of Van Persie four years ago. The French midfielder declined several contract extensions from the Gunners, moving to Milan in search for better wages and an increased chance of winning trophies. Though Flamini was a part of Milan's 2010-2011 title winning team, injuries and inconsistency have made him a shadow of the player he was at Arsenal.
Flamini admits that Van Persie has discussed his future with him but wouldn't hint where the Dutchman was leaning towards.
"Listen, it's important for him to be happy. Whatever choice he makes will be the best decision for him," said Flamini.
Regardless of the ambiguous future of its star player, Flamini believes that Arsenal has put together a strong team this year and expects the club to be successful.
"I still follow Arsenal," said Flamini. "I've seen their moves in the offseason and I think this will be a good season for them."
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