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Flamini - I had a point to prove

15/16: Tottenham 1-2 Arsenal - Mathieu Flamini

Mathieu Flamini and Calum Chambers faced the media after Arsenal’s Capital One Cup third-round win against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane. You can read a transcript of the interview below:

on his winning goal…MF: I’m very happy for the team because it was a difficult and tough game. Personally I am happy because I scored two goals. I have heard many things in the press, many people have been talking about me but I have proved everyone wrong. I’ve been working hard and I was ready for the game.

on what the press were saying…MF: I don’t read a lot of it but I’ve never had any problems with anyone at the club. I’ve been here for a long time and I’m a professional on and off the pitch. I want to congratulate the team, everyone gave 100 per cent and it’s never easy when you don’t play games, but Arsenal played very well.

on having a point to prove…MF: I had a point to prove because I hadn’t played for a while but I’d been working hard and it was my game [against Tottenham], but my team-mates did a great job too.

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on whether he’s ever seen a goal like the winner…CC: No, he doesn’t score many! It was a well-taken goal, both of them, and he had a really good game. I thought we had a good game, we fought well and we’re pleased with the result.

on Tottenham appearing to be on top…CC: We kept compact, we fought well and we were resilient so it was a good team performance.

on whether it was hard to come back into the side…CC: It’s not always easy when you don’t play for a while and then come back in and play, but you’ve got to deal with it. When you get the opportunity to come back in you’ve got to prove yourself and give a good performance to show why you’re in the starting XI. That’s what I try to do every time that I get an opportunity.

on how important the win is…MF: It was important because it was a derby. When you play Tottenham you want to win the game, but also for the fans because it’s a massively important game for them. We did a great job and now we can start the new week.

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