Mathieu Flamini has dropped a bombshell on Arsenal after he revealed he wants to quit the club this summer.
The 23-year-old midfielder has spoken with his representatives about the prospect of buying out his contract under new Fifa regulations as he feels it is time for him to leave The Gunners.
Flamini has been with Arsenal since 2004 - when he was snapped up in controversial circumstances from Marseille.
Now, despite being a crucial squad member, Flamini admits he is ready to move on as he cannot secure a regular starting spot.
"I have reached the end of a cycle," Flamini told l'Equipe.
"I have spent three years at Arsenal and my lawyer has assured me I can leave in June. To do that I have to pay the club my last year of wages.
"My next three years will be important. I want to play and reach a new level.
"The Arsenal team is young and has qualities, but I play rarely at the moment.
"It is a difficult moment to experience and in such a situation any player asks himself some questions.
"Above all I want to go on working and improving. I want to score more goals, assist more often and finally win the Champions League."
Reports in France suggest that Flamini is keen to test himself in Italy.