Mathieu Flamini says Arsenal’s dramatic FA Cup triumph in 2014 was a particularly special moment for him.

The French midfielder has won the competition three times during his two spells with the club, playing a part in the Gunners’ successful 2005 and 2015 cup campaigns.

However, Flamini says lifting the trophy at the end of his first season back in north London tops both of them.

It’s a tradition here and for Arsenal the FA Cup is a special cup because we have won it for the last couple of years

Mathieu Flamini

“My favourite is the first one after I came back because the club hadn’t won for so long and I said that I was coming back to sort some unfinished business,” he told Arsenal Player. “To win a title after not winning one for so long, and to do it in the year I returned, I was so pleased for everyone.

“The FA Cup is a very important competition here in England. It’s a tradition here and for Arsenal the FA Cup is a special cup because we have won it for the last couple of years, so obviously you want to defend your title and win it again.

“The secret is to have a team with a lot of quality and enough players to compete in the Premier League and the FA Cup. I think Arsenal have that quality here so that’s why we can compete every time in the FA Cup.

“After that, it’s important to be focused because in the FA Cup you either win or you’re out. You have to be focused on the day, concentrate, and that has been working very well for us.”

Mathieu Flamini
Mathieu Flamini

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Max Jones 7 Jan 2016