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Wenger - Flamini can be a leader now

Arsene Wenger says Mathieu Flamini's experience will play a vital role in the final stages of Arsenal's season.

Flamini, who turns 30 today, has been one of the Gunners' most consistent performers since he returned to the Club last summer and has won admirers for his no-nonsense style of play.

The Frenchman is one of Arsenal's most vocal players - something his manager is pleased to see.

"His workrate and his balance gives us better security"

Arsene Wenger

"That is very important," Wenger said. "It's vital and when you're 21, 22, you're not in a position to do it with your partners.

"But when you are 30, you feel that you have gone through a lot and you are now in a position where you can do that. You want that from your players.

"His workrate and his balance gives us better security. He does the work that people don't always see. It's not because people don't see it that it's not important.

"[He provides] that part of important work in the team that stabilises the team and gives them security to express."

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