'This was an early Christmas present'

Mathieu Flamini

Mathieu Flamini faced the media after Arsenal’s 2-1 win against Manchester City at Emirates Stadium on Monday. You can read a full transcript of the interview below:

on preparation…
We play against them quite regularly so we know what to expect. We played well with great solidarity and I’m pleased for everyone, the players and the fans, and it was an early Christmas present.

on Mesut Ozil…
I’m happy for him because he’s a top guy on the pitch and off it as well. We knew he was a top player and he’s proving it every day. Everyone in the team is happy for him and we’re pleased to have him on our side.

on belief…
We are very far from winning the title because it’s not a sprint, it’s a marathon. We’re doing well at the moment and the communication on the pitch, the team spirit and the football is amazing. We enjoyed today because there was a lot of emotion on the pitch, off the pitch and we were victorious so I am so pleased for everyone.

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