Thierry Henry is probably in the minority of Arsenal supporters who reckon it’s a good thing that we didn’t sell Mathieu Flamini in the summer.

The midfielder is out of contract with us soon and it was thought we were looking to offload him last summer after he failed to pick up much playing time at all last season. However, due to Francis Coquelin picking up a serious knee injury, the Frenchman has once again had to step up and hasn’t been doing a terrible job.

“Flamini is doing well at the minute, imagine if Flamini left, and it looked like that was the plan at the beginning of the season,” said Henry.

“Thank god he stayed because look what happened to [Santi] Cazorla and what happen to Francis Coquelin.”

Henry believes it’s therefore lucky that we didn’t sell him because he’s doing a job not many could.

As much as I appreciate Flamini’s experience, it would be preferred that we bought someone else in who was a bit less susceptible to injury and a bit more likely to stay in position. Saying this, for the moment, we seem to be doing okay.