The Gunners entertain title favorites Manchester City this weekend and it couldn’t come at a worse time.
Shortly after the 6-0 thrashing to Chelsea we dropped two very vital points at the hands of Swansea after a spirited comeback.
The Gunners have struggled against the Premier Leagues elite sides this season, and Flamini wants to prove a point this weekend against a ruthless Manchester City side.
The Frenchman told Arsenal Player:
That’s going to be a big one. We want to do well, especially after the big loss against Chelsea. We want to prove that we’re one of the big teams in the Premier League.
Arsenal are far from safe in the top four especially after dropping points on Tuesday night. It was Flamini’s unlucky own goal that equalized the game late on for Swansea despite a thrilling turn around by Arsene Wenger’s men.
Arsenal have been doing their best to make amends for their Stamford Bridge embarrassment, but it wasn’t enough. Flamini voiced his disappointment for conceding such a calamity of a goal against the Swans.
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He reflected on his own goal:
I was coming back and I think the keeper kicked the ball onto my leg and it was an own goal. Of course it’s very disappointing because it was a difficult game. We conceded an early goal, we didn’t play a great first half but we were trying, trying, trying. But we played a great second half because we came back winning 2-1 until the end and then we were unlucky on the second goal.
We wanted to come back for the fans, especially because they have been behind us since the beginning of the season and especially after the 6-0 defeat against Chelsea. We wanted to react to give them a positive game but unfortunately we conceded at the end.
The wheels have temporarily come off Arsenal’s season but they need to get back on track before Saturday. The injury list is serve but when you look at the squad that faced Swansea, there’s no excuses.
Wenger needs to take a different approach for the City tie. Not play a high line, not over commit players going forward but sit back and try and retain possession to build the players confidence in the game.
Pellegrini’s men will be at Arsenal from the get go, similarly to Chelsea, so they need to exercise some calmness in possession and do their best to pass their way around the Citizens rather than losing it needlessly.
Time to forget the Swansea draw and get at City this weekend.