Flamini profile
Flamini profile

Mathieu Flamini

Tenacious midfielder Mathieu won three FA Cups during two spells at Arsenal.

An experienced and combative presence in front of the back four, Mathieu reached a significant milestone in October 2014 when he made his 200th appearance for the club in a dramatic 2-1 victory over Anderlecht in Belgium.

Mathieu Flamini Profile

Born March 07, 1984
Marseille
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 20
Previous Club(s) Marseille, Arsenal, AC Milan

In fact, Mathieu started the 2015/16 season still unbeaten in league games at Emirates Stadium, with 33 wins and 15 draws from 48 appearances.

The Marseille-born anchorman joined the Gunners from his hometown club and made 153 appearances during his first spell in north London.

He scored the final goal in a 7-0 victory over Everton at Highbury in 2005 - notable because it was the last time Arsenal wore red and white at the famous old stadium. 

Mathieu won the FA Cup in 2005 and impressed at left back in Arsenal’s 2006 Champions League run, coming off the bench for the last 15 minutes of the final against Barcelona.

He signed for AC Milan in 2008 and won the Serie A title in 2010/11 before returning to north London in 2013. Mathieu won two more FA Cups in his second spell, and endeared himself even further to the Arsenal faithful with a brace against Tottenham in 2015 - including a stunning volley.

Mathieu earned three caps for France during his career, making his debut against Morocco in November 2007.

Mathieu Flamini's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2004-2005 9 + 12 1 2 + 2 0 4 0 3 0 0 0 18 + 14 1
2005-2006 19 + 12 0 11 + 1 0 2 0 2 + 1 0 1 0 35 + 14 0
2006-2007 9 + 11 3 3 + 3 1 3 0 2 + 1 0 0 0 17 + 15 4
2007-2008 30 3 8 0 1 + 1 0 0 0 0 0 39 + 1 3
2013-2014 18 + 9 2 5 + 1 0 2 + 1 0 0 0 0 0 25 + 11 2
2014-2015 15 + 8 1 4 + 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 + 1 0 21 + 12 1
2015-2016 12 + 4 0 3 + 1 0 2 0 2 2 0 0 19 + 5 2
Total 112 + 56 10 36 + 11 1 16 + 2 0 9 + 2 2 1 + 1 0 174 + 72 13

My Year

  • 2015/16
  • 2014/15
  • 2013/14

July

Mathieu started the Barclays Asia Trophy win against a Singapore Select XI but missed the remainder of the month.

August

Mathieu did not feature in August.

September

Mathieu played twice in September. The midfielder was named man of the match after he scored a brilliant brace against Tottenham Hotspur in the Capital One Cup. After the game at White Hart Lane, Arsene Wenger said: “It was a fantastic goal. I saw when the ball was in the air that he had decided he would take a chance. He took it well and of course it was a great goal.”

October

Mathieu featured twice during October. The midfielder played against Everton and Sheffield Wednesday.

November

Mathieu played four times during November against Tottenham, West Brom, Dinamo Zagreb and Norwich City. The midfielder played a key role in the north London derby draw against Tottenham. “I have never lost a Premier League game at the Emirates, and believe me you do not want it to start against Spurs,” he said. "We came back with great team spirit and it was important for the fans.”

December

Mathieu played five times during December against Olympiacos, Sunderland, Aston Villa, Manchester City and Southampton. Outside of football, the midfielder was shortlisted as one of NME’s People of the Year.

January

Mathieu played four times in January and helped the Gunners keep clean sheets against Newcastle United and Stoke City.

February

Mathieu Flamini featured against Bournemouth, Southampton, Hull City and Barcelona in February.

March

Mathieu featured three times in March, helping the Gunners keep a clean sheet against Hull City.

April

Mathieu did not play in April.

May

Mathieu did not play in May.

August

Mathieu made five appearances in August and played key role in the 1-0 win over Besiktas in the Champions League play-off second leg. Stationed in the deep-lying defensive midfield role, the Frenchman's positional awareness and organisation helped Arsenal see out a tense victory against the Turkish side after Mathieu Debuchy was sent off in the second half. "It was a tough game for us but we showed great character again," he said. "We didn't give up until the last minute. The team gave everything and we even had to play 10 against 11 at the end, so it was definitely not easy."

September

Mathieu was one of the first names on the boss’ teamsheet when he was fit in September and played three games. Deployed just in front of defence, the Frenchman offered some much-needed bite to support Arsenal’s attacking flair. Speaking ahead of the Spurs game, Mathieu said: “It’s the kind of game where you have to commit 100 per cent. If it’s half—hearted it won’t work. You have to put your life on the pitch for the fans. You have to give everything for them.”

October

Mathieu was an ever-present for Arsene Wenger’s side in October and he demonstrated exactly why by continuing to marshal the area in front of the back four and snuff out counter-attacks when Arsenal have pushed their full backs up. “The spirit is great,” the Frenchman said after the Sunderland win. Everyone is working for each other and that makes a difference, especially in a difficult game."

November

Mathieu featured in five of Arsenal’s November matches, helping to keep three clean sheets against Burnley, Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion.

December

Mathieu featured in all seven of Arsenal’s December matches, playing the full 90 minutes on six occasions. The midfielder also climbed high to assist Mathieu Debuchy goal in the 2-2 draw at Anfield.

January

Mathieu played twice in January, coming on as an 84th-minute substitute against Manchester City to help secure a memorable victory, as well as completing the full 90 minutes at Brighton & Hove Albion.

February

Mathieu played three times at the start of February, completing 90 minutes against Leicester City, but he missed the remainder of the month through injury.

March

Mathieu played twice in March and scored with his first touch after coming on in the 3-0 win against West Ham United.

April

Mathieu made one appearance in April, playing the final 28 minutes of Arsenal’s 4-1 win against Liverpool.

May

Mathieu featured once in May, coming on the final minute of Arsenal’s 1-1 draw at Manchester United. The French midfielder was also an unused substitute in the Gunners’ FA Cup final triumph against Aston Villa.

September

After replacing the unwell Jack Wilshere in the first half against Tottenham to make his second Arsenal debut, Mathieu has been a virtual ever-present in the side, only missing the Capital One Cup game at West Brom. The French midfielder impressed with his battling displays and has provided Arsene Wenger with another valuable option in midfield. "I really have the sensation of being back home," Flamini told Arsenal Player. "Playing against Tottenham, in a big derby, it was a great emotion, a great feeling."

October

Mathieu started four of Arsenal's six games but had to come off against Norwich City and Crystal Palace after suffering from concussion and a groin injury respectively. The midfielder played a pivotal role in the win over Napoli at the start of the month in what was a superb all-round display from the Gunners. "I don’t think it is harder - the Premier League was very hard before and it is still as hard as before," said Flamini after the draw with West Bromwich Albion. "Top players were playing in the Premier League before and top players are still playing in the Premier League now. That means it's very physical and very quick from one side to another."

November

Mathieu picked up his fifth booking of the season against Manchester United which meant he was suspended for the game against Southampton. But the French midfielder returned to the starting line-up for the win over his old club Marseille. Mathieu scored his first goal since his return to the Club in the 3-0 win over Cardiff City with a first-time finish from Mesut Ozil's pass.

December

Mathieu featured in six of Arsenal's seven games in December. Like the rest of the midfield, his best display probably came in the hard-fought win over Newcastle where he protected the back four superbly. "Titles are is my biggest hope [for 2014]," Mathieu said. "When you play at the top level that is your biggest motivation. You wake up every morning and go into the training ground and work harder and harder because you want to win."

January

January was a month of mixed fortunes for Mathieu. The midfielder produced some solid displays in the wins over Cardiff, Aston Villa and Fulham before he was sent-off for a two-footed tackle on Morgan Schneiderlin. "The team is very strong and we showed great character," Mathieu told Arsenal Player after the Fulham match. "We pushed and pushed during the whole game and got the goals in the second half. "It is very important to be defensively strong and stay balanced because at the end of the year, the teams who have the possibility to win things are the teams who are strong defensively."

February

Suspension meant Mathieu was forced to miss Arsenal's first three games in February but the midfielder returned for the cup game against Liverpool and produced a typically battling display to help the Gunners qualify for the quarter-finals. Mathieu continued to show his leadership qualities as the team produced a spirited defensive performance in the 2-0 defeat to Bayern Munich after being reduced to 10 men. "My most important job on the pitch is to protect the back four and it is not easy, especially when the other team is focused offensively and has so many players of real quality," he told Arsenal Player. "I try to stay in front of the back four, to protect Koscielny and Mertesacker. I’m also trying to co-ordinate between defence and attack, because what is important in football is to attack together and defend together."

March

It was a mixed month for Mathieu as he was restricted to just three starts. The French midfielder made a vital contribution with the equalising goal in the game at home to Manchester City but also scored a highly-unfortunate last-minute own goal in the 2-2 draw with Swansea. Speaking after securing his side a draw against Man City, Flamini said: "It was important for every single player in this team because it was difficult after what happened at Chelsea. "We wanted to find a victory but it was important to find something from the game. "It's a great feeling [to score] and it gave us the possibility to come back in the game. We were looking to score another one to win the game but we'll take the point."

April

Mathieu earned his 10th booking of the season in the 3-0 defeat at Everton which kept him out of the games against Wigan and West Ham. The Frenchman returned to the squad for the Hull game, when he came on for the final half-hour. He also made a late substitute's appearance in the win over Newcastle.

May

Mathieu completed 90 minutes of action against West Brom but dropped to the bench for the final two games of the season. The French midfielder made 36 appearances in his first season back with the Gunners, scoring two goals.