Arsenal’s latest hero Mathieu Flamini is ecstatic about scoring both goals in the Gunners 2-1 win over Tottenham last night. It may be the first time he has scored a brace but it’s definitely not the first time he has played against Spurs, and he knows how important this fixture is, not just for him but especially for the Arsenal fans. “The two goals were for them,” he said after the game.
“They’ve always supported me, they’ve all been behind me and they’ve played a big role in my career. It was important for me to celebrate with them and nobody else.
“It was the first time I’ve scored two times in a game. [It’s good] to score against Tottenham in a derby in such an important game for Arsenal and the fans.
“For me [it’s special] to play against Tottenham in a game that has always been important in my career. It was my first game when I came back to Arsenal and to score two goals today and here was important for me.
“I tried to be a bit creative today. I had the opportunity, I felt that there was maybe a possibility so I went forward [for the first goal] and the ball came back to my feet. I scored with my left foot, which was also a nice surprise.”
“Today I want to congratulate the guys because they had a great game, a great performance and they showed a lot of solidarity on the pitch,” he added. “I think that’s important, especially after two defeats. Today we started with a new dynamic.
“This was my first start this season so it’s not easy when you don’t have a lot of competition [time]. What’s important is that we did well, I did well and now it’s important to recover.”
After two defeats in a row, last night’s win was more important than usual and will give the club a nice confidence boost before Saturday’s big game at Leicester. If we can win that one too, maybe we could say our season is finally back on track….