It has been reported that Arsenal legend Martin Keown has no problem with Mathieu Flamini standing his ground over the club’s sleeves controversy.
The French defensive midfielder has been rapped over the knuckles by management for challenging almost 100 years of tradition by not following the captain’s lead in wearing long sleeves.
The 47 year old wrote for the Daily Mail: “Flamini is not the first person to question the captain’s choice and he won’t be the last. But you do have to admire him as a player and a personality.
“Flamini is Arsenal’s braveheart, providing that bite in midfield, and I like that he has enough character to challenge the decision. Though, maybe getting the scissors out was a step too far.
“It’s a fine balancing act keeping that tradition and making sure everybody respects it.
“Maybe the easiest thing would be to make just make Flamini captain. Then everybody can wear their sleeves short, even when even when it’s freezing. Plus, there’ll be no need for any last-minute tailoring in the dressing room.”