Mathieu Flamini has admitted that Arsenal's failure on all fronts this season has directly influenced his decision to leave the club for Milan
Most reports cite the lure of the euro as the motivation behind Flamini's decision, but the French internationl insinuated that he made up his mind a result of Arsenal's failure to land silverware and Milan's oh so effective charm offensive.
When pressed on whether ultimate success in the Premiership or the Champions League might have convinced him to stay, Flamini said: "That would have weighed in the balance. It would certainly have counted.
"I actually wanted to sign a new contract at Arsenal last July but it didn't happen. AC Milan did so much to sign me I couldn't refuse," he added.
"What happened to us after leading the league for so long was the most painful experience I had during four years at Arsenal."
Flamini, 24, recently put pen to paper on a four-year deal with Milan said to be worth a staggering £70,000 a week