Mathieu Flamini has urged his Arsenal teammates to keep fighting for each other as he hopes for a ‘good surprise’ this season.
The midfielder, who returned to the club after a five-year sojourn in Milan, has earned rave reviews since making his ‘debut’ off the bench against Spurs with the fans and media alike taking to heart his all-action-in-yer-face-what-do-you-mean-ref-touch-jack-and-I-will-blind-you rakishness in the centre of the park.
The Gunners have won every game since Flamini and fellow new boy Mesut Ozil joined the club and reflecting on the tremendous start, the 29-year-old Frenchman told Arsenal Player that he hopes the squad can maintain their momentum.
“I think everyone knew Arsenal have a lot of qualities, but this year we are showing we have the fighting spirit, everyone is helping each other and it makes the difference because of course in a season you have some good periods and some difficult periods.
“What is important is to win game after game, work hard and stay focused and to keep going with our great spirit and then we’ll see. Maybe for us there will be a good surprise this season.”
In the last couple of outings Flamini has been joined by Mikel Arteta in the centre of the park. While the former Everton man has been impressed by what he’s seen this term he’s been quick to play down comparisons with the ‘Invincibles’ of yesteryear.
“I don’t think we are at that level yet, but competition makes everyone work harder so it is a great thing because it raises the level,” the lego and level-headed Spaniard told the Independent.
“If you don’t play well for one or two games, then you can be dropped. We have players to come back like Santi (Cazorla) and Abou Diaby and that’s the way we want it. When it is really tough, everyone is at 100 per cent and that makes a big difference.
“I always said this is the toughest league to win because you have five or six candidates this year to win it.
“It is still very early stages and nobody has really done anything yet but at least we are looking good, very solid, winning the games and we have got a gap to some of the other teams now. In the last few years it has been the opposite, so that is very positive.”