Mathieu Flamini: I love protecting Arsenal’s defence

Mathieu Flamini insists that he relishes his position patrolling the front of Arsenal's defence

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Mathieu Flamini and Olivier Giroud Photo: Olivier Giroud/Instagram

Mathieu Flamini insists that he relishes his position patrolling the front of Arsenal’s defence, but insists that it’s not an easy job.

Flamini has been an important part of Arsene Wenger’s first-team this season since securing a return to Emirates Stadium on a free transfer last summer.

The Frenchman has clocked up 19 Premier League appearances for the Gunners so far this term and has also played five times in the Champions League.

And Flamini insists that he thoroughly enjoys his role in the north London side’s set-up.

“My most important job on the pitch is to protect the back four and it is not easy, especially when the other team is focused offensively and has so many players of real quality,” Flamini told Arsenal Player.

“I try to stay in front of the back four, to protect Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker. I’m also trying to co-ordinate between defence and attack, because what is important in football is to attack together and defend together.

“The team is so offensive, everyone goes forward and that is part of the characteristic of Arsenal. We play football based on attacking very quickly; that is the beauty of our game.”

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