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Mathieu Flamini Reportedly Accepts Arsenal Stance in Bizarre Kit Fallout

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26:  Mathieu Flamini of Arsenal congratulates Jack Wilshere of Arsenal on scoring his second goal during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Arsenal and Olympique de Marseille at Emirates Stadium on November 26, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistNovember 27, 2013

Mathieu Flamini will accept Arsene Wenger's orders not to cut his shirt sleeves after the midfielder defied an unspoken Arsenal tradition during the Gunners' Champions League victory over Marseille.

UPDATE: Thursday, August 28, at 8:00 a.m. GMT

Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail reports Flamini will fall into line and not challenge the club's authority:

Arsenal believe Mathieu Flamini will abide by the club’s shirt-sleeve rule in future after Tuesday night’s furore.

Sportsmail understands the majority of the Arsenal squad back Wenger’s stance. Arsenal consider Flamini’s sleeve-cutting to be an oversight rather than a challenge to the club. And there is a belief the issue has been resolved after the rule was explained to Flamini.

---End of Update---

As originally reported in a previous Mokbel article, the former AC Milan player irritated his manager by hacking the long sleeve shirt to bits prior to the match:

Arsenal players are expected to wear the same length sleeve as the match-day captain, but Flamini refused to abide by the unwritten rule, cutting off his sleeves at the elbow for the clash against Marseille.

Flamini did the same thing in Arsenal's previous game; the defeat against Manchester United earlier this month.

Wenger reacted to his player's decision by saying, "I don't like that, it won't happen again." Flamini appeared undettered by his manager's annoyance and hinted he is willing to lop his sleeves off once again if need be:

"I've been playing at the top level for 10 years and I like to wear short sleeves," Flamini said. "It is what I like."

Proceedings were a lot smoother on the pitch for Flamini and his Arsenal team-mates.

Wenger's men put themselves in a favourable position atop Group F with the 2-0 win over a poor Marseille side, giving the English club a three-point advantage over Borussia Dortmund and Napoli, who both reside on nine points.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26:  Olivier Giroud of Arsenal is closed down by Alaixys Romao and Lucas Mendes of Marseille during the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Arsenal and Olympique de Marseille at Emirates Stadium on November 26, 2013 in L
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Dortmund are widely expected to beat Elie Baup's side during the final round of group stage fixtures, suggesting Arsenal need at least a draw against Rafa Benitez's resilient Napoli squad.

The Stadio San Paolo is sure to be a cauldron of noise on Dec. 11 and will provide a challenging test for the current Premier League leaders.

Flamini is expected to play a major role in the North London club's quest for silverware this season.

He would be foolish to continue risking the wrath of a manager who so avidly gave him a second chance at the Emirates with his switch back to Arsenal during the summer transfer window.

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