Mathieu Flamini believes the return of injured players will allow Arsenal to go from strength to strength in the New Year.

The Gunners have won five of their last seven games and sit four points outside the top four in the Premier League, having qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League.

Arsène Wenger was missing eight players through injury in Sunday’s 2-2 draw at Liverpool and Flamini is confident their return will further improve the side’s form.

The season is going to be long, we are only just arriving at Christmas now and I am very confident in the team

Mathieu Flamini

“It would be crazy to think [we won’t improve] because we lost so many key players and having them back is very important for the team,” the midfielder explained.

“We definitely need them because in the championship and the last stages of the Champions League, you cannot do it with 11 players. You need 25 so it is important for us to have them back.

“The season is going to be long and we are only just arriving at Christmas now. I am very confident in the team, very confident in the quality we have because we have a few top players.

“The most important thing is to recover well and be ready for the next game. In probably 10 days, we have three or four games so it is going to be a lot. We have to recover well for the next game and if we are ready, it will be fine.”

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Max Jones 22 Dec 2014