Mathieu Flamini dedicated his North London derby goals to the fans

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French midfielder Mathieu Flamini was an unlikely hero last night for Arsenal as they triumphed over north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One Cup.

The 31-year-old, making his first appearance of the season, scored either side of Calum Chambers' own goal to book the Gunners' place in the next round. 

Flamini was linked with a move away from the Emirates over the summer and is still expected to leave north London in the not too distant future


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However, his impact at White Hart Lane will be remembered by Gunners fans for some time to come. 

Games against Tottenham are always a must-win for Arsenal fans and Flamini dedicated his double to the supporters after the match.

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In a video posted on the club's official Twitter page, he said: "Congratulations today, you were amazing at Tottenham's stadium. This goal was for you, thank you for your support."

He went on to tell the club's official website: “They’ve always supported me. They’ve all been behind me and they’ve played a big role in my career.

"It was important for me to celebrate with them and nobody else.”

Although, Arsenal fans have not always supported their central midfielder.

He was often criticised for his performances last season and many supporters used the former AC Milan player as an example of why the club needed to invest in another defensive midfielder over the summer. 

Despite his performance last night, Flamini is unlikely to feature for the Gunners against Leicester City on Saturday. 

Although, he is likely to be given a starting role in their fourth round tie against Sheffield Wednesday. 

A first League Cup trophy would be a nice send off for Flamini, who has made 222 appearances for the Gunners if he remains at the club past the January transfer window.

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