Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has nominated Mathieu Flamini as Arsenal’s ‘man of the year’ for 2015 in a tongue-in-cheek tribute to his entrepreneurial teammate.
The French midfielder has made headlines in recent weeks – and earned plaudits from NME – after revealing he’s invested millions of pounds co-founding a geo-energy company GF Biochemicals that commercially produces levulinic acid; a synthetic substitute for oil that could play a role in slowing climate change.
Oh…and he also secured hero status at the Emirates by bagging a brace against neighbours Sp*rs in the Capital One Cup.
Joking, not for the first time, that Flamini appears to be on his way to world domination, the Ox told Arsenal Player:
“My man of 2015? I think it has to be Mathieu Flamini. Everything that has been going on around this guy lately…he’s just smashed it ain’t he?
“I don’t even know what he’s doing but I’ve always said, I think you can go through the archives, that Mathieu Flamini is taking over the world from within the Arsenal dressing room. He’s proven me right.
“Also his two goals against Tottenham Hotspur were just unbelievable. That was a great moment to be a part of.
“Obviously, for him to score two goals like that in the derby…I mean I think he was our holding midfielder on the day.
“Every time he’s been asked to play he’s done a great job for us coming on and being the quality player he is.
“And obviously all that stuff with his business, he’s just unbelievable. So Flam is the man of the year for me.”
Flamini, whose record of never losing a Premier League game at the Emirates still stands, certainly appears to be a popular figure in the dressing room.
As has been well documented, he’s not only a fave of the Ox but also besties with Mesut Ozil; a burgeoning relationship that appears to be doing the German international no harm at all.
An end of year tip of the cap to you sir.
As an added bonus, here’s an interview by Sideline Football where Flamini talks about his involvement with GF Biochemicals.