Mathieu Flamini questions the character of recent Arsenal sides but insists current squad will fight to end trophy drought

Midfielder believes the Gunners can prove successful this season after questioning why the top players have departed in recent years

Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini feels that a lack of character is behind the club’s current trophy drought and has promised to do everything possible in order to bring silverware to the Emirates this season.

The Gunners’ last success came in the 2005 FA Cup Final when they defeated Manchester United on penalties, although the 4-1 sixth round victory over Everton on Saturday has set-up a Wembley semi-final for the north London side and is their most obvious chance of success this term.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, Flamini explained what he felt was missing while he spent four years with Italian side AC Milan. He said: “What I would say is maybe character. That is important, especially in the English league. I’m someone who gives a lot on the pitch, fight for every ball. I’m a fighter, so I do that naturally.

“Everyone is giving more — I really have that sensation. Everyone is committed to each other and that’s important. We really want a trophy. Everyone was very focused on the [quarter-final] game against Everton because we all know — you win, you’re through. You lose, you’re out, so it’s very simple. I can assure you I will do everything I can to make a difference.”


Flamini said he left Arsenal for the San Siro in the summer of 2008 because he “wanted to win”. And  the Frenchman revealed his disappointment that a string of players, including Robin van Persie, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Cesc Fabregas, followed him out of the door for the same reason.

“Why do top players leave? It’s a good question,” he said. “That might be a question to ask the coach or the management but I agree with you, when you are a top club you want to keep your top players.”