Flamini admits poor Arsenal succumbed to poor form in front of Man City
Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini insists his side should have picked a win over Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday. The French midfielder, who was the lone scorer from the Arsenal camp, admitted he was hoping for better results than a lack lustrous 1-1 draw.
Flamini came up with the equalizer that allowed Arsenal to grab a point from the game. The center midfielder got a pass from Lukas Podolski in the center of the box before he fired the 53rd minute equalizer.
Manchester City took the lead in the 18th minute of the game with a goal from David Silva and an assist from Edin Dzeko. The Spaniard tapped in the goal from close-range, bringing his goal tally to seven for the season.
The Gunners continued with their abysmal run of form in front of Manchester City. Last weekend Arsenal had to face a 6-0 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and a week before that during the midweek they drew 2-2 with Swansea City.
Flamini admits failing to pick up a win at home was always extra disappointing. The French midfielder believes Arsenal possessed the fire to win the game, but they weren’t up for the challenge.
In an interview to Sky Sports 1 after the game, Flamini admitted the result against Manchester City was poor. The former AC Milan midfielder further said that Arsenal were better in the second half of the game, but they weren’t able to grab the winning goal against Manchester City’s resilient defending.
“We wanted to win the game,” Flamini said. “It was important for us and for the fans especially after the 6-0 defeat to Chelsea and the draw against Swansea on Tuesday, but unfortunately we came away with a draw.
“We came back at half-time....we saw in the first half there was the opportunity to create some goals so we came out in the second half and tried our best. We had the chance to score a goal and we tried to score another for the victory, but we missed the opportunity.”
Arsenal are now fourth placed on the Premier League table, four points away from fifth-placed Everton, who still have a game in hand. Manchester City are three points above the Gunners and they still have two games in hand.