Flamini is confident that the midfielder can achieve even more this time around.
It was a blast from the past for Arsenal fans this summer, when manager Arsene Wenger decided to re-sign Mathieu Flamini from AC Milan after a five-year absence from north London.
The Frenchman played a crucial role for the club in central midfield last time around, partnering Cesc Fabregas in the middle of the park to great effect.
Flamini played 151 matches for Milan in all competitions whilst in Italy, which included winning the Serie A title back in 2010/11.
Now 29-years-old and with that experience under the France international’s belt, the defensive midfielder has returned to the Gunners, in the player’s opinion, even better.
“After what [fitness coach] Tony Colbert told me after some speed tests, I am quicker than I was five years ago,” Flamini told the club’s website.
“It was funny because we made a joke that it was like wine, getting better with age. I still feel very fresh.
“I think I’m much better tactically because being in Italy for five years you learn a lot of tactical things in training, what you know is your position on the pitch.
“Afterwards with your age you read the game better so for your position this is important.”
The Frenchman was part of the side the last time Wenger’s men won a piece of silverware, with triumph over Manchester United in the 2005 FA Cup final.
Whilst club record signing Mesut Ozil has been stealing all the headlines, Flamini is still a very shrewd acquisition by the manager.
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