Did you know that Mathieu Flamini has never lost a Premier League game at the Emirates in the four and a bit seasons he’s played at the stadium during his two spells as an Arsenal player?
It’s a record the midfielder did his utmost to defend yesterday against Sp*rs as he came on for Santi Cazorla at half time.
Admitting that he was frustrated that the Gunners couldn’t pull a win out of the bag following Kieran Gibbs’ 77th-minute equaliser the Frenchman reminded (or in most cases educated) people of his impressive stats at home.
“Of course we are disappointed because it was an important game for us, it was a derby and you want to win it,” he told Arsenal Player.
“So it is disappointing but we came back after losing 1-0 at half time, so we will take the draw. In these games you have to win them with passion, fight and I think we had it.
“Unfortunately we didn’t score a second goal because we had plenty of opportunities, but we will take this point. It was important not to lose.
“I was happy [to come on] because it is a special game for me against Spurs. There is a lot of passion, I know what it means to play against them for the fans and of course it was important for me to get back into the game.
“I have never lost a Premier League game at the Emirates, and believe me you do not want it to start against Spurs. We came back with great team spirit and it was important for the fans as well today.”
Flamini certainly injected some much-needed urgency into the centre of the park yesterday and even looked assured at right-back when compatriot and namesake Debuchy was taken off in the closing stages.
He does seem to a love a North London derby does our Flam…obviously the brace at White Hart Lane sticks out, but so too his second debut a couple of years back when he also came off the bench…