Flamini - Our philosophy is the same

Mathieu Flamini says he is not surprised at how quickly he has integrated back into the Arsenal team.

The Frenchman has been a model of consistency in the heart of midfield since his return to the Club at the start of the season.

Flamini believes the ethos has remained the same since his first spell in north London - and that has allowed him to play his natural game.

"When you play for Arsenal and you have ambition, the objective is to win every game"

Mathieu Flamini

"I'm not really surprised [it has gone well] because the philosophy is still the same," said Flamini "We're still playing the same football. Arsene Wenger is still here with the same conviction, for me on the pitch it's always the same game so it went very naturally.

"I'm happy, I feel good, I feel happy in this team but what's important is the collective. I think again [against Marseille] the spirit on the pitch was amazing, everyone was helping each other and that makes the difference because we have an amazing group."

Tuesday's 2-0 win over Marseille means Arsenal just need to avoid a heavy defeat to Napoli to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League but Flamini insists the team will play to win in Italy.

"When you play for Arsenal and you have ambition, the objective is to win every game," he said. "Of course we'll go to Napoli and we'll go there to win the game, we'll go there to try our best and finish top of this group because we know it's important."

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