The 29-year old re-joined the Gunners in the summer on a free transfer after leaving the club five years ago to join Serie A side AC Milan. His arrival was followed by the £42.4 million signing of Germany star Mesut Özil on deadline day, a signing Flamini believes can help the club even further in their challenge for a trophy.
“It’s an important season for me and Arsenal. Our ambitions are clear, as the arrival of Mesut Özil 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.”
The Frenchman was close to winning the Champions League with Arsenal when they made the final in 2006. Flamini was part of a make-shift defence that ironically holds the competition’s record of ten consecutive clean sheets and they were close to extending that in the final before two late Barcelona goals stole glory from the Gunners.
The memory still haunts Flamini and he uses that as motivation.
“I am thinking of the Champions League final loss in Paris to Barcelona in 2006. And in my last season we led the table until we collapsed after the match as Birmingham when Eduardo was injured.”
“They were four years of great moments and strong regrets, because there is a feeling of not finishing the job.”