Mathieu Flamini says Sunday’s victory over Liverpool has given Arsenal some much-needed momentum heading into their clash with Bayern Munich.
Goals from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Lukas Podolski helped secure a thrilling 2-1 win against Brendan Rodgers’ in-form side.
Flamini says that with the European champions up next, it was a hugely significant result for Arsène Wenger’s side.
We know it won't be an easy game because Bayern are a strong, strong team but we are Arsenal, we have big ambitions and if we want to qualify we want to produce a big result against themMathieu Flamini
“Of course [it gives us momentum] because it is an important week,” he said. “It was important to qualify here as we wanted to be on a good run against Bayern on Wednesday.
“We know it won't be an easy game because Bayern are a strong, strong team but we are Arsenal, we have big ambitions and if we want to qualify we want to produce a big result against them. We'll do everything, we'll try to play our best football and get a good result.
“I don't want to talk about last year [when Bayern beat Arsenal on away goals] but what I can say is Arsenal has a big ambition, we're fighting for the championship title, we're still fighting for the FA Cup and we'll do everything we can to qualify for the Champions League [quarter-finals]. Now the important thing is to recover very well because we have had so many games.”
Flamini also reserved special praise for French compatriot Yaya Sanogo, who impressed on his full debut for the Club.
“He played very well,” he said. “It was not an easy game for him because he didn't play for a long time but what a game he had.
“He helped the team very much and was very good offensively. At the end of the day we won the game so it's very positive for everyone and I'm happy for him.”