Mathieu Flamini says being back in the Arsenal team gives him pleasure, after spending much of his time on the bench this season.
The midfielder was almost on his way out the door this summer, on the brink of a move to Turkey before he rejected that because he couldn’t leave his BFF of all time ever, Mesut Ozil, feeling lonely and sad in dreary old London.
Flamini’s decision to stay has been justified by the form of the German playmaker. Instead of moping about and looking sad, he’s making assists at will and even scoring stooping, diving headers. For that we have to thank Mathieu.
Now, in the absence of Francis Coquelin and Mikel Arteta, the 31 year old is set for a run in the side, and that’s something he’s looking forward to.
“It’s a lot of pleasure for me that I get back into the team”, he said. “The season is always very long so sometimes you have to accept being on the bench but sometimes you have the opportunity to prove you are still there and can still play in the Arsenal team.
“Football is a competition, it makes you better and stronger. I have an opportunity to be back in the team and I will try to prove every game that I can be in the team. Can I play twice a week for three months?
“I think I can but now it is my job to prove it.”
Can he prove it? We’ll see. Will he try? No doubt. Will those efforts probably end up with him getting a red card for two very avoidable yellows at some point? Almost certainly. Will one of those leave an opponent in a crumpled heap, thus offsetting some of the anger? Unquestionably.
Just make it John Terry, Matt. Make it John Terry.