Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini believes the wealth of experience present in the side will help when it comes to tonight’s game against Olympiacos. Arsenal head into the game with their backs against the wall, and will need some stellar performances from their players if they are to secure victory by the required margin.
Speaking at the pre-match press conference in Athens, veteran player Flamini highlighted that the Gunners squad had many more internationally tested players when compared to their opponents; and also that the players were determined to ensure that Arsenal qualified from the group stages for the 16th successive time. He said:
Of course this is an important competition for me personally and for the club.
We have a good test to prove we have the quality to go through and continue our adventure. Everyone is focused and I will try to help my partners.
We are experienced for the big games and I believe we can progress.
Flamini was part of the Arsenal squad that went to the 2006 Champions League finals, and along with the likes of Petr Cech, Per Mertesacker and Mesut Ozil is one of the most experienced players in the current lineup. Playing in place of Francis Coquelin, he will not only be expected to contribute defensively, but also share his experience with the younger members of the side. Hopefully, the Gunners are able to secure the needed victory tonight at Piraeus.