Wenger: Flamini decision imminent

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is expecting a decision on Mathieu Flamini's future at the club today or tomorrow.

The 24-year-old French midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and Juventus are believed to be keen on signing the player.

Wenger expected to find out what the former Marseille man was planning to do next by the end of April, but said today: "The latest is that we are at the end of April but it is still not sorted out.

"Certainly we should get an answer today or tomorrow."

Asked what he thought Flamini's decision would be, Wenger told Arsenal TV Online: "I'm always positive because I believe the link he has with the club will be stronger than all the other different attractions that he can have.

"I know that if it's down to football then he will stay here. If it's down to football or financial resources he might not stay here.

"He is free to choose a different direction, everybody is free out of contract and you have to respect that."

Wenger is also sticking to his guns on Alexander Hleb, and insisted he has yet to be contacted by any club despite Inter Milan coach Roberto Mancini registering an interest in the player.

The Frenchman also admitted his surprise at the news that Keith Edelman was leaving his post as managing director to seek a "fresh challenge".

"We didn't expect that and I don't know why (he is leaving)," Wenger added.

"Does he go somewhere else or has he chosen a different direction? You have to respect that.

"He has done well in a very difficult period and everybody is conscious of that."

Wenger believed the success of Manchester United and Chelsea in reaching the Champions League final underlined the strength of the Premier League and joked: "It's an FA Cup final abroad and so that could be the 39th game that everybody looks for."