Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has spoken of his delight at returning to the Emirates Stadium after a five-year spell in Serie A with AC Milan.

The Frenchman signed on a free transfer in August after initially training with the club on a temporary basis.

But his impressive fitness and determination levels lead to manager Arsene Wenger taking a chance and handing the 29-year-old a three-year deal.

Flamini's impressively combative performances at the heart of the Gunners' midfield have dispelled any questions that were asked upon his arrival, and the former Marseille man has spoken of his delight at how his return has gone, thus far.

He told Sky Sports: "He (Wenger) saw that I was fit again and in really good condition.

"For everyone, (the Spurs game) was a special game but for me it was something more because it was obviously going to be my first game in front of our fans at The Emirates.

"I was a bit nervous, to be honest. I probably warmed up for five seconds and then I had to come in. It was a great sesnation and a great communion with the fans.

"It was a great moment. I don't think I will ever forget it."

Flamini has enjoyed a fine return to North London and has been integral in the Gunners' flying start to the season.

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