Writer: Nick Simmonett
Date:Monday November 13 2006
Mathieu Flamini has said that he hopes to be given a chance to prove his worth in the middle of the park after his stunning display against Liverpool on Sunday. The midfielder seemed to be forever running backwards and forwards, putting in challenges and making runs into Liverpool`s box.
A run in the 41st minute paid off after Alex Hleb played an exquisite ball for Fabregas who passed the ball across Liverpool`s box for Flamini to bundle in. The Frenchman managed to get himself booked for running straight into the Arsenal fans during the celebration.
The Frenchman knew he had been a naughty boy: 'I knew it was forbidden, but I did not think about that because I was so happy I just went to see the fans and jumped in,' he said. 'However, you always have to respect the rules.'
Flamini`s excellent work rate didn`t drop after that, instead he kept on doing what he had been doing all through the first half. His incredible display also allowed Cesc to go forward more safe in the knowledge that he had both Mathieu and Gilberto behind him.
The utility player was offered the chance to play as a stand-in left back while Gael Clichy was injured but he had his sight set on a midfield role this term. He played a vital role in that position in last seasons Champions League, doing his part to keep 10 clean sheets in a row against teams including Real Madrid and Juventus.
Flamini revealed: 'We spoke about that because at the start of the season the manager wanted me to play at left-back - but I told him I was more comfortable in the centre of midfield.
'I played left-back last year, but wanted to go back into the middle to show everybody it was possible for me to play there.
"Now I want to play there all the time because it is my natural position. Everybody knows I have the capacity to play at left back, but now I want to come back in the midfield.'
If yesterday`s performance is anything to go by Mathieu, then so do we!
Date:Monday November 13 2006
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