Arsene Wenger has praised Mathieu Flamini’s leadership qualities, but says that the experienced Frenchman adds stability to the team as well.
Surprisingly left out of last weekend’s trip to Stoke, Flamini is expected back in the team for today’s FA Cup clash against Everton and, as is his wont, will spend the game chatting, cajoling and encouraging those around him, something Wenger says is a consequence of his age.
“When you are 30, you feel that you have gone through a lot,” he said, “and you are now in a position where you can do that. You want that from your players.
“His work-rate and his balance gives us better security. He does the work that people don’t always see. It’s not because people don’t see it that it’s not important.
“He does important work that stabilises the team and gives them security to express.”
The manager has also confirmed that Lukasz Fabianski will start in goal today. Having played a major part in getting us through the last round against Liverpool, Wenger will keep faith with the keeper who is also going to play in Munich in midweek due to Wojciech Szczesny’s suspension.