Date: 8th September 2016 at 5:18pm
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Mathieu Flamini’s arrival at Crystal Palace on a free transfer has been officially confirmed today.

Former Arsenal and AC Milan midfielder Flamini has signed a contract with Palace that will keep him at Selhurst Park until the end of the current season with him becoming Alan Pardew’s fifth (permanent) signing of the summer.

His arrival was of course permitted outside of the transfer window due to the fact he was a free agent after his release by Arsenal at the end of his contract, which saw him return to the club in 2013 for his second spell having previously left the Premier League for a five-year spell with Milan.

Pardew, quoted by the BBC, was happy he was able to have ‘secured a player of his stature’ adding.

‘His playing ability will help us but also his leadership qualities and his ability of how to win games in a passing style.’

32-year-old Flamini himself said Palace was a ‘very interesting challenge’ for him with the midfielder looking forward to being at a ‘very ambitious’ club such as the Eagles with the Frenchman now needing to let his actions and not words do the talking.

We know exactly what we’ll be getting from Flamini and what he’s is all about from some 250-matches for Arsenal over the two spells he had at the Emirates Stadium. If this is what we needed will be found out soon enough.

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