Flamini has made an instant impact upon his return.
Flamini has made an instant impact upon his return..

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Mathieu Flamini

It's no coincidence that Flamini's departure to AC Milan accompanied Arsenal slipping from title challengers to top four contenders.

Similarly his arrival back at the Emirates has been an important factor in Arsenal launching a legitimate title challenge.

Flamini pretty much typifies the modern defensive midfielder. He reads the game well, allowing him to make vital interceptions and when he gets the ball he is more than comfortable in possession.

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