Cesc Fabregas is confident that Mathieu Flamini will pen a new deal with Arsenal.
The duo have forged a mighty partnership in the heart of the Gunners midfield this season. In fact in the Premier League they have missed just four games as a pair. However the Frenchman's current deal runs out in the summer, at which point he can leave the Club for nothing. Europe's elite are watching on intently for any developments, or lack of them.
Should Flamini, who also recieved his first international cap this term, agree on a new contract he would become the third player in a short of space of time to commit to the future of Arsenal. He would join Manuel Almunia and youngster Fran Merida - a real testament to the direction the Club is going.
Fabregas enjoys a good relationship with Flamini both on and off the field. He believes that despite the reported, and fully justified, interest from elsewhere, his friend's commitment and desire to be a winner with Arsenal is evident everyday.
"He [Flamini] is concentrating on the football at the moment," Fabregas told the matchday programme. "We are still going for two titles so right now everything else is not as important.
"Of course he wants to know where he will be next season but we all hope he will be with us.
"He is working really hard, he is a nice guy, he wants the best for Arsenal and I know he wants to stay. He has a lot of options because he is playing amazing football, but I know he really wants to stay here and that's the most important thing."
Fabregas even admits to giving Flamini a little nudge in the right direction: "Yes I must say I have. I keep telling him to do it quick because we need him."

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4 Apr 2008