Introduced for the ill Wilshere before halftime, the Frenchman impressed and helped maintain Arsenal’s lead. He commanded the midfield, barking orders throughout his appearance and drew plaudits from the Gunners faithful after a solid outing.
Flamini feels like he is back at home after spending five years with AC Milan after leaving controversially on a free transfer, but earned a new contract with Arsene Wenger’s side after impressing in training during pre-season.
The 29-year-old told Arsenal Player:
I really have the sensation of being back home. Playing against Tottenham in a big derby, it was a great emotion, a great feeling.
Playing against Tottenham is never easy but it is special for the Club, for the fans and for the players. Of course, for me it was my first game and I wanted to show everyone how committed I am to this club, how I am ready to give everything on the pitch. I hope everyone saw it; I really did my best when I came on.
I have heard it a lot [that it is like I have never been away]. I feel like I never left. There are players I played with before, and even staff, there are a lot of people still here that I knew before and the [relationship] with the fans was just amazing. I just want to thank everyone for the nice atmosphere on Sunday. It was great.
[On the new players that have joined this summer] The quality is very high in this team and at this club. That is the most important thing, to have players of quality because that makes a difference.
The team spirit is also very good, and we saw on Sunday that everyone was helping each other on the pitch. That makes a difference in the big games.
Flamini may turn out to be a decent spot of business. It was an accident that has so far worked out well, and he provides the versatility we need to the midfield and can fill in at the back if needed.
The Frenchman looked like he never left against Tottenham, providing some crunching tackles, added plenty of spirit and really helped out with the organization.
As Arsenal are such an offensive and young side, Flamini’s involvement is very welcomed and he could play an integral role in the squad especially with Mikel Arteta still injured.
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