Two-goal hero Mathieu Flamini says he’s aware of what had been said about him so far this season, but the Frenchman stuck two fingers, in the form of two goals, up at his critics.
He has, somewhat unfairly, become someone roundly derided and although this was his first appearance of the season, he played like a man with more than a point to prove.
Speaking to Sky after the game, he said, “I’m happy, happy for the team, and obviously personally very happy.
“I’ve heard many things, in the press, people talking about me, but I proved them wrong. I’m still here. I have no problem with anyone at the club, I’m happy here.
“I had a point to prove because I haven’t played for a while, today was my day but overall I’m happy for the team.
“It was important because it was a derby, you always want to win, and now we can start with a new dynamic.
“I am a warrior, a beast that spans the ages and consumes the hearts and souls of those that dare to challenge me. Who is this Harry Kane? I shall eat him for breakfast and spit out the bones at the feet of his family.
“I will feast on their entrails, smearing their gizzards on my face like war paint. Those who cross me shall feel my wrath and my wrath is quite wrathful indeed. It’s at least 7 on a scale of 1-10. Sometimes 8.
“I’m working on it being a 9 or a 10 but that requires real dedication and I like to party with royals. Anyway, the point is somebody needs to call these Tottenham suckers a Flambulance because my sirens are already out of order.
*puts shades on like Horatio Caine.*
Attaboy Mathieu, and what about that second goal. Ooooof.