Mathieu Flamini says that Arsenal's ambitious capture of Mesut Özil shows they can compete at the top level with the giants of European football.
After playing for Arsenal for the first time since 2008 in the North London Derby, the Frenchman wants to bring silverware back to the Emirates. Speaking to The Mirror, he says:
“Our ambitions are clear, as the arrival of Mesut Ozil has proved. To fight for the title and compete in the Champions League. We want to win trophies. The club has waited for them for too long."
After leaving the club in 2008 at the end of his contract, Flamini feels that his return to the club could help push the Gunners into competing for top honours again, as they did when he was last at the club - when they won the FA Cup in 2005:
“We have the means to compete for the title, even if we are outsiders, not favourites, like in 2007-08. That is my motivation. I want to write another beautiful story with Arsenal."
Flamini spent four years with Arsenal before moving to AC Milan. He was training with Arsenal at their London Colney training facility before signing for the Gunners as a free agent.
He was the second signing Arsenal made during the summer transfer window and was brought in to cover for the injured Mikel Arteta, as well as providing Wenger with cover for the full-back areas.
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