Mathieu Flamini was fighting for more than just north London pride during Arsenal's game with Tottenham Hotspur.
Kieran Gibbs' goal gave the Gunners a point against their local rivals and kept them within touching distance of league leaders Manchester City.
However, the full-back's strike, that cancelled out Harry Kane's opener, prolonged Flamini's impressive record of never losing a Premier League game at the Emirates.
During his two spells with the north London club, the French midfielder has been involved in 50 Premier League games and has never been on the losing side. An extremely impressive record. One was that severely tested by Mauricio Pochettino's youthful Spurs.
Another statistic about the 31-year-old that Arsenal fans will love is that in 11 encounters with their neighbours, Flamini has never lost; winning six and drawing five.
Speaking after the game, Flamini told Arsenal's official website: “I was happy [to come on] because it is a special game for me against Spurs. There is a lot of passion, I know what it means to play against them for the fans and, of course, it was important for me to get back into the game.
“I have never lost a Premier League game at the Emirates and, believe me, you do not want it to start against Spurs. We came back with great team spirit and it was important for the fans as well today.”
Flamini may not be a regular in the first-team, and often comes in for criticism from sections of their support, but his never say die attitude can not be faulted.
His passion for the shirt and evident love of the football club are clear for everyone to see whenever he steps onto the hallowed turf.
Wenger's decision to bring on Flamini for Santi Cazorla at half-time certainly changed the complexion of the derby and only further enhanced his reputation as a cult-hero.
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