It was a revelation of a moment last night when Arsenal midfielder struck a brace for the club. Mathieu Flamini has been out of action since Francis Coquelin made good of his chance at the Etihad stadium earlier this year.
In a one-off opportunity for Flamini this season, he made it count. The Spanish midfield duo of Santi Cazorla and Mikel Arteta looked extremely vulnerable when they played Dinamo Zagreb last week. However, Mathieu Flamini’s defensive technique combined with Arteta’s attack instincts seemed a perfect fit for the Gunners in the season’s first North London derby.
Wenger does not expect Mathieu Flamini to score twice
In the post match reactions, Arsenal manager was surprised at the goals scored by Mathieu Flamini which certainly took him by surprise.
“You do not expect Mathieu Flamini to score two goals. He was certainly frustrated for a long time and he went for it. He scored two good goals, especially the second one. I think on the second one he made an early decision to go for it and just focused and finished with a great goal,” said Arsene Wenger.
Flamini’s second goal at the White Hart Lane is a pure act of talent and technique that has probably never been seen during his stay at Arsenal.
But does that make his case for more starts throughout the season?
“He is a fighter and he is a winner as well. I told him at the start of the season it might be difficult for him to be a starter but he decided to stay and he did fight,” this is what the Gunners coach had said to Mathieu Flamini before the start of the season.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is making good on his chance
The spotlight may have been taken away by Mathieu Flamini with his unexpected brace in his first start of the season. Youngster Oxlade-Chamberlain has made his case for more starts throughout the campaign.
The former Southampton man has progressed well and is one of the most impressive players in Wenger’s Arsenal. He created multiple chances and led the attack with his technique against the Spurs