Flamini - Work hard if you want luck

Mathieu Flamini says hard work is at the heart of his football career.

Flamini could make his 200th Arsenal appearance when the Gunners face Anderlecht in the Champions League on Wednesday night.

The Frenchman has never been considered a 'flair' player but his all-action style has helped him carve a successful career - and be lucky.

"I believe in hard work and I am who I am today because of that"

Mathieu Flamini

“I believe you create your own luck and, for me, creating your own luck means working hard,” Flamini told Arsenal Player. “I believe in working hard and only that.

“When you’re young you don’t think about that, you think it’s all about whether you’ve got natural talent or not, but it’s not. I believe in hard work and I am who I am today because of that.

“In the last 10 minutes of a game you’re fighting against yourself and it depends on how strong you are mentally - some collapse and some make it. You have to be ready to suffer. That makes the difference.

“It’s not enough to only play with natural quality now. You need to be strong mentally and ready to face competition, ready to face difficult moments - that’s part of the game and it’ll make you stronger. I really believe that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

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