Mathieu Flamini urges Gunners to defend from the front.
Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has warned his teammates that the season is a marathon rather than a sprint.
The Frenchman has been a revelation since returning to North London on a free transfer this summer, helping Arsene Wenger’s side to seven consecutive wins since their opening day Premier League defeat to Aston Villa.
The Gunners are currently top of the Premier League table but Flamini, 29, has warned his teammates that the season is long and says the players must defend from the front.
“We are talking about defending together from the players at the front to the back because the first defender is a striker – Olivier [Giroud], Mesut [Ozil] – everyone on the pitch is doing their job very well,” Flamini said.
“We know we are strong defensively and that makes a difference because we know with the quality in the team, we will create opportunities and we will score.
“Team spirit makes the difference because the Premier League is not a sprint, it is a marathon. This season is going to be long, we are going to need everyone.”