Mathieu Flamini

Mathieu proved to be a valuable addition to the squad after rejoining the club in August 2013. He made an immediate impact on his second debut when he came on as a first-half substitute in the north London derby against Tottenham and produced a battling display at the heart of the midfield. His strength in the challenge, composure on the ball and organisational skills were immediately highly-valued by the team and his manager.

He made 36 appearances last season and netted two goals, including an important equaliser at home to Manchester City.

Mathieu Flamini Profile

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

Mathieu first joined Arsenal in 2004 from Ligue 1 side Marseille and made 153 appearances for the Gunners before joining AC Milan in the summer of 2008. His stand-out season came in 2007/08, when he was a fixture in the midfield and delivered a string of all-action performances - catching the eye in a team that challenged for the Premier League title.

Mathieu won the Serie A title with Milan in 2010/11, playing an important role in the middle of the park. After his contract expired at the San Siro, he began training with Arsenal - signing for the club two weeks into the 2013/14 Premier League season.

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 + 4 0 4 + 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 + 1 0 21 + 8 0
Total 100 + 48 9 33 + 10 1 14 + 2 0 7 + 2 0 1 + 1 0 155 + 63 10

My Year

  • 2014/15
  • 2013/14


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."


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.”


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."


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


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.


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.


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.


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."


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."


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.


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 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."


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."


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."


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.


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.