Arsenal star Mathieu Flamini has revealed that playing alongside legends of the game at AC Milan made him a better player, and are the reason he has been so effective during his second stint at Arsenal.
According to the Daily Star the Gunners' midfielder, who resigned for the club on a free transfer at the beginning of this season, told his club's official website that his experiences in Italy had vastly improved him as a player.
Amongst his team-mates at the Rossoneri were the likes of David Beckham and Ronaldinho, who were part of one of the most skilled Milan sides of recent times.
Flamini won the Serie A title in 2011 and has lauded the extra impetus he gained in the famous red and black shirt of AC as the reason for his impeccable form this year.
"I had the opportunity to go over there and play with legends," Flamini said.
"I played with Maldini, with Kaka, with Ronaldinho and even David Beckham over there.
"I had the chance to learn a lot. The mentality and the approach to football over there is completely different. The game is completely different too.
"Tactically, you have to be very strong. You have to learn a lot, you have to know exactly how to move on the pitch.
The Frenchman left Arsenal in 2008 before returning to north London after a five year spell with Milan. His recruitment, though initially treated with widespread skepticism, has now been praised as a masterstroke by Arsene Wenger, and he has produced a series of highly impressive performances so far this campaign.