Mathieu Flamini says winning the north London derby in his first game back at Arsenal is his favourite moment of 2013.

The combative midfielder returned to the Club last summer after a five-year spell at AC Milan, and came on as a substitute against Tottenham.

Flamini immediately impressed as the Gunners secured a 1-0 victory, and he says it was the stand-out moment of a very special year.

I came back because I really want to win and I really believe this team has the potential, quality and spirit to win something

Mathieu Flamini

“The end of the season with Milan, when I had the possibility to score five goals in seven games, was very good,” he told Arsenal Player. “We also qualified for the Champions League. Milan had not started the beginning of last season well, so we had a big comeback.

“It was a good end to the season and for me, obviously my comeback at Arsenal was my biggest moment of 2013. To be back here and to start with Arsenal against Tottenham and a good win, that is my best memory.

“It is very exciting to be here because I wanted a new challenge, I have a big motivation and I really want to win. When I left Arsenal we were very close to winning title in 2007/08, so I came back because I really want to win and I really believe this team has the potential, quality and spirit to win something.

“Titles are is my biggest hope [for 2014]. 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.”

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Rob Kelly 31 Dec 2013