Flamini - Cup win would mean more now

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Mathieu Flamini believes that lifting the FA Cup this season would top the achievement of 2005, when he won the trophy in his debut season.

Although Flamini didn't play in that penalty shoot-out victory over Manchester United at the Millennium Stadium, he won a medal that year for his involvement in the earlier rounds, and he is determined to add to his collection this season.

"When you are a player, you wake up every day, train hard, and the objective is to win titles," he told the official matchday programme. "If not, there's no point going on the field if you don't want to win.

"When you are a player, you wake up every day, train hard, and the objective is to win titles"

"So in 2005 it was an important achievement, but I think it would be even more important now. The Club hasn't won anything for a while and everybody is expecting much more from us. So we will really go for it."

The French midfielder, who turns 30 on Friday, added that home advantage against Everton in the quarter-final could prove decisive, especially if the atmosphere from the recent Bayern Munich game can be replicated by the Emirates faithful.

"We have the opportunity to play at home again, and that should be a big advantage, to play in front of our fans. If you were at the game against Bayern Munich, then you will know that even at two goals down the fans were right behind the team.

"I think that's a huge plus, so playing in front of our fans, we will do absolutely everything we can to win this game. It's important for the fans but also for every single player."

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