Date:Tuesday October 8 2013
Former Arsenal midfielder, Mathieu Flamini was a bit of a surprise signing this summer, he wasn`t someone we really expected to come in, indeed Arsene Wenger himself said he hadn`t considered bringing him back to the club, however he has been a revelation since his return.
Flamini was the latest in a long line of former players Arsene Wenger has allowed to training with the team following the release from their various clubs, and like Thierry Henry and Sol Campbell before him, he impressed so much that Wenger actually resigned them for the club.
However the tough-tackling midfielder earned himself a longer deal than either of the two previous players.
In all probability Flamini was singed as a squad player, but a string of impressive performances has made it difficult for Wenger to leave him out. His raw power, leadership and organisational skill have made him a very important player.
Flamini however has felt the pace of returning to the Premier League and is looking forward to a couple of week`s rest, but claims the league isn`t any more difficult than it was the first time he played here.
The Frenchman also hopes the break provides more time for our injured players to recuperate.
'I think it [the break] comes at a really good time because we have played a lot, obviously everybody is tired physically and tired mentally because you have to give 200 per cent in every single game." said the yellow card magnet on Arsenal.com
'For us it is a chance to have players coming back into the group like maybe Theo and Santi. I hope everyone will be back soon.'
'I don`t think it is harder - the Premier League was very hard before and it is still as hard as before, top players were playing in the Premier League before and top players are still playing in the Premier League now. That means it's very physical and very quick from one side to another.'
'The transition from the defence to the attack is very quick. We have a lot of space also and of course for me it is the most difficult championship. We can see that every time on the pitch.'
Date:Tuesday October 8 2013
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