The Frenchman put in a tidy, efficient performance, but Flamini was at fault for the opening goal as he was robbed of possession by Christian Eriksen and throughout the match he looked slightly off the pace.
When the midfielder rejoined the club last summer he was hailed as an inspired signing given that he arrived on a free transfer and added some much needed solidity to the midfield. However, he has started to show his age and the fans were outraged to not see a defensive midfielder being brought in during this transfer window.
There is no doubt that we need a better player in defensive midfield, but it’s very common for a player to make mistakes and the same thing happened with Flamini, so there’s no point in blaming him alone for the draw. The reactions of the fans on Twitter also show their disappointment over the inability of Wenger to signing a defensive midfielder.
Here are some reactions from Twitter:
Considering the injuries and the fact that we had Flamini on the pitch for over half the game, a draw is fair enough.
— Helen (@LadyLornaDoone) September 27, 2014
Arsenal had 70% possession. 15 corner kicks. 16 shots. 13 on target. And drew 1-1. Dominated a game minus Flamini being a douche.
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— Justin Russo (@FlyByKnite) September 27, 2014
Draw. Dissapointed. Dropped too many points. Looked average, 2 injuries, flamini awful, whack. Absolute no positives.
— Nick Niraj (@Born2goon) September 27, 2014
Honestly not sure I ever want to see Flamini again. Ever.
— The Short Fuse (@TheShortFuse) September 27, 2014
I would've taken flamini off. Not kidding
— YankeeGunner (@YankeeGunner) September 27, 2014
And some people had the audacity to tell me we don't neeed a DM and even worse we have Flamini. Ffs,
— A D D Y (@BIackGooner) September 27, 2014
Anyone still think Flamini is a great signing?
— Highbury Harry (@BlackScarfAFC) September 27, 2014
— Sergi Domínguez (@FutbolSergi) September 27, 2014
What have i told you about flamini. It's ridiculous how bad we need a DM
— Harvey Spector (@Wreckzofficial) September 27, 2014
While most of the disappointment was directed against Flamini, some fans also chose to blame Szczesny for his distribution mistake in the build up to the goal.
— Liam Twomey (@liam_twomey) September 27, 2014
What do you think? Is the draw solely Flamini’s fault? Leave your opinions in the comments below.