By Chris Harris
Sunday's goal against Liverpool was the perfect tonic for Mathieu Flamini as he strives for a regular spot in Arsenal's first team.
The French midfielder impressed as an auxiliary left back last term but wants to make his mark in the middle of the park this season. With two goals to his name already at Emirates Stadium, Flamini is making a strong case for a regular place.
"I waited for my chance and on Sunday I played and scored a good goal," he said. "For the moment I am working hard for my chance and it is good to play and get confidence.
"It is important for young players to be involved, because it is easier when you have time on the pitch. I am more a player who works hard for the other players in the team, my job is to win the battle for my team-mates.
"I can also play a bit more defensive, or higher up the pitch."
Flamini celebrated in style against Liverpool, leaping over the advertising boards and embracing a group of Arsenal fans. He earned a booking for his exuberance but it demonstrated how much the goal meant to the Frenchman.
"I knew it was forbidden and you always have to respect the rules, but I did not think about that because I was so happy," he said. "I just went to see the fans and jumped in."
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