Injuries have held Arsenal back, says Flamini

Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini believes that only a succession of injuries are preventing the club from fulfilling its potential and ‘achieving something big’, the Daily Mail has reported.

The North London club have struggled for consistency this season, winning seven, drawing five and losing four in the their 16 Premier League games so far, leaving them in sixth place, two points behind West Ham United in fourth.

They have not been helped by a constantly lengthy injury list, with captain Mikel Arteta, key defender Laurent Koscielny and club record signing Mesut Ozil among nine players currently on the sidelines.

And while Arsenal have not won the Premier League title since 2004 and only ended a nine-year trophy drought by lifting the FA Cup in May, Flamini – who is in his in his second spell at the club – thinks that there is top quality in the squad and that they are capable of going far.

He said: ‘It’s the belief of the team that we can really achieve something, and I think you [media] guys agree as well that we have top quality. We have a lot of quality – strong at the back, good in midfield and up front as well – so the only problem is we’re very unlucky with injuries.

‘I definitely believe we have the quality in the team to achieve something big. It’s not easy to go through all these games with so many injuries, but I believe in my team and I believe in their quality.’

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