Mathieu Flamini says that although Mesut Ozil is one of his closest friends in the side, and a player of great quality, the team has to find a way of coping with his absence.
Currently sidelined with a hamstring strain, the German is set to miss the next few weeks as Arsenal continue the fight for the Premier League title, and the Gunners have to get through them with the players they have.
“He is one of my closest team-mates,” said Flamini. “He has outstanding quality and has brought so much to the club on the pitch and off the pitch. In the dressing room, he is a very important player. Every time on the pitch he gives so much.
“I’m very proud of him, very happy to have him in our team.
“He’s a player of great quality. We will miss him a lot over the coming weeks but I think the manager will find a way to replace him, even if it won’t be easy as he’s such a talented player.”
The Frenchman also spoke about the importance of winning a trophy this season and what it would mean to him and the rest of the squad.
“Winning titles is very important for every single player, the management team and the fans. We will fight and give everything to win a title this season.
“I’m focused on our team. The Premier League is very competitive, it’s a very open championship and that means every single point is important.
“I would love to win a title, it means so much to the players, to the manager and the fans. We believe we can do it, we will give everything to do it.”