In almost every title winning side, there is always a man that has bite. A player that is fearless of anything and willing to sacrifice himself for the benefit of the team winning. From Lothar Matthaus to Roy Keane to Patrick Viera when at Arsenal, these players are usually midfielders willing to put their bodies on the line for team. Lucky for us, we already have that player in Mathieu Flamini.
The best part about Wenger willing to invest in young talent would mean there would be loyalty from many of these players. Even if they move on from Arsenal, they would still be eternally grateful for the faith that Arsene has put in them. Flamini is no exception. Many criticized Flamini when he left for Milan in the summer of 2008. Many were skeptical about his return to Arsenal as a result. Flamini came back to Arsenal claiming he has ‘unfinished business’ in the club.
In Flamini, not only did Arsenal have a player with renewed loyalty to Wenger, Arsenal also got a ferocious defensive midfielder. He is willing to throw himself on the firing line to ensure Arsenal gets the defensive protection needed. He has amazing stamina and runs nonstop for 90 minutes. He has a very outspoken character, often screaming at his teammates in order to get the defense organized. He gives the dressing room a much needed leadership voice, one sorely needed to bring our young team forward. His aggressiveness and leadership is one that is extremely vital if Arsenal are to maintain a strong challenge for the major honours next year. When the Arsenal players are lost or lack confidence during the season, put your money on Flamini to try and bring the pieces back together and remind them of the final goal.
Is Flamini important to you in the Arsenal team?