International Soccer

Flamini returns to Arsenal

London, England (Sports Network) - Arsenal announced Thursday that the club has signed Mathieu Flamini after the France midfielder was released by AC Milan.

The 29-year-old made 153 appearances for the Gunners between 2004 and 2008 before signing for Milan, where he spent five seasons.

"We are very pleased Mathieu has agreed to rejoin us," Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger told the club's official website. "He is a player of real quality, with a fantastic work rate and great mentality. As we know, Mathieu is a strong midfielder, but is also comfortable playing in defense too. He is a very good addition to our squad."

Flamini's return to Arsenal comes at a time of great need for the club as Abou Diaby, Mikel Arteta, Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all unavailable for selection due to injury.

08/29 14:35:45 ET