Flamini hails Arsenal's fighting spirit

The Frenchman has added extra bite to a Gunners side that has recorded 10 consecutive wins and believes Arsene Wenger's men are in good shape to challenge for trophies this season
Mathieu Flamini believes a new-found “fighting spirit” could see Arsenal bring an end to their eight-year wait for silverware after an impressive start to the new season.

Including a penalty shoot-out victory over West Brom in the Capital One Cup, the Gunners have now won 10 consecutive games since their shock 3-1 home defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season.

Flamini has hailed the side's spirit and work rate displayed throughout the campaign so far, and believes it could be crucial to securing major honours this term.

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"I think everyone knew Arsenal have a lot of qualities," the Frenchman told the club’s official website.

"But this year we are showing we have the fighting spirit, everyone is helping each other and it makes the difference because of course in a season you have some good periods and some difficult periods.

"What is important is to win game after game, work hard and stay focused and to keep going with our great spirit and then we'll see. Maybe for us there will be a good surprise this season."

The 29-year-old has impressed since returning to the Emirates on a free transfer this summer and played an important role in helping his side to a 2-0 Champions League win over Napoli on Arsene Wenger’s 17th anniversary with the club.

Having now signed twice for Wenger, Flamini understands his fellow countryman’s importance to the north London club, and was delighted to celebrate the landmark with a fitting victory.

"Arsene Wenger is Arsenal," he continued. "He's been here for a long time and is doing an amazing job. He always qualifies for the Champions League and today he knows our group are following him and believing in what he is saying.

"I'm happy because the fans are with us again and it was a great communion tonight because everyone was happy."