Flamini targets title on Arsenal return
Wednesday 11 September 2013
Mathieu Flamini wants to win the Premier League title in his second spell as an Arsenal player, the Daily Mirror has reported, after the former Milan midfielder re-signed with the Gunners this summer.
Flamini left Arsenal for Milan five years ago but his contract in Italy expired at the end of last season and he was invited by Arsene Wenger to train with the club in order to maintain his fitness, while looking for new employment.
But the France international impressed his former manager to the point that Wenger offered Flamini a three-year contract to return to the club on a full time basis. Flamini duly made his second Arsenal debut in the North London derby win over Tottenham Hotspur.
Flamini believes that Arsenal are well placed to live up to their former glories, having been part of the last Arsenal team to win a trophy, the 2005 FA Cup. “ Our ambitions are clear,” Flamini said. “As the arrival of Mesut Ozil has proved. To fight for the title and compete in the Champions League. We want to win trophies. The club has waited for them for too long.
“We have the means to compete for the title, even if we are outsiders, not ¬favourites, like in 2007-08,” Flamini continued. “That is my motivation. I want to write another beautiful story with Arsenal. I have unfinished business here.”
The FA Cup and Community Shield a year earlier were the only trophies Flamini claimed in his initial four years in the capital, picking up a first league winners’ medal with Milan in 2010-11 and the Italian equivalent of the Community Shield, the Supercoppa Italiana, in 2011.
“They were four years of great moments and strong regrets, because there is a feeling of not finishing the job,” Flamini added.
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