Ozil - We’re happy to have Flamini here

Mesut Ozil has hailed Mathieu Flamini’s positive influence at Arsenal - both on and off the pitch.

The French midfielder is in his second spell at the club, and was the two-goal hero as the Gunners knocked Tottenham out of the Capital One Cup last month.

Ozil was delighted for his close friend, and says Flamini deserved his time in the spotlight.

“He scored two wonderful goals [at White Hart Lane],” Ozil told Arsenal Player. “He’s been rewarded for his strong showings and those goals were of course sensational.

“[Volleys like that] are really difficult. Sometimes when you see players connect with them, the goalkeepers save the shot or they miss the target. Mathieu caught his perfectly and scored a wonderful goal, especially because it was the winner.

“I have a really good understanding with Mathieu. He’s a guy who always gives 100 per cent on the pitch but when he’s off the pitch, he’s a player who makes a lot of jokes and gets on well with a lot of his team-mates.

“He’s just a great guy with whom I have a lot of fun. As I said, we’re just pleased to have him in this team.”

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