Defence the priority for Arsenal against Man City, says Flamini

Mathieu Flamini says a solid defensive performance must be Arsenal's priority against Manchester City

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Mathieu Flamini and Olivier Giroud Photo: Olivier Giroud/Instagram

Mathieu Flamini admits that a solid defensive performance must be Arsenal’s priority against Manchester City on Saturday.

Arsenal head into the Premier League clash at Emirates Stadium having conceded eight goals in their last two outings following the thrashing by Chelsea and draw with Swansea.

When you play a big game, you cannot lose it in the first 10 or 15 minutes

Mathieu Flamini

And Flamini’s whose calamitous own-goal earned Swansea a point in Tuesday’s 2-2 draw, wants Arsene Wenger’s men to build from the back against Manuel Pellegrini’s title chasers.

“We have to be strong defensively first of all because that is very important when you play against a big team who are a very offensive side,” Flamini told Arsenal’s website.

“When you play a big game, you cannot lose it in the first 10 or 15 minutes because it is not good for the rest of the match. So we have to be focused and be ready because these kinds of games are battles. You have to win the duels, win the fight and then play your football.

“After that, we have enough quality in this team to find a goal.”

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