Arsenal Star To Be Made Cult Hero For London Rivals

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Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew has revealed he has held talks with Mathieu Flamini.

The veteran French midfielder is a free agent after leaving Arsenal at the end of last season and Pardew admits he could do with the experience of the former AC Milan and Gunners star.

Pardew pulled off a similar deal when bringing Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United great Teddy Sheringham to West Ham United in 2004 and suggests he could do it again with 32-year-old Flamini.

“Mathieu is a player I am looking at, yes. He would give us a bit more experience to winning games,” Pardew told reporters.

“I like the fact whenever he played, he played in the big, big games at Arsenal when they needed someone to kind of lead the team over the line and get big results.

“Mathieu’s name was always on that list. I have always admired what he’s done, so I am looking at him.

“His age, 32, in my mind I signed Teddy Sheringham when he was 38, so the age isn’t a problem for me. I think his experience is something I am looking at, yes.”

Pardew added: “We’ve had a couple of meetings with Mathieu to talk about what he would do here.

“I think another one (in midfield) is where I’m going to go with it, but whether it’s him or not, I don’t know.”

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