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Arsenal’s Mathieu Flamini proud to have outfought Chelsea

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Arsenal beat Chelsea 1-0 at the Emirates and the Gunners’ ‘never say die’ attitude was shown throughout the 90 minutes. Whilst Gael Clichy was awarded the Man of the Match , the likes of Mathieu Flamini, captain William Gallas and goalkeeper Manuel Almunia were right behind him. Flamini controlled proceedings as a weakened Chelsea team tried desperately to equalise William Gallas’ header.

Flamini said:

”Since the start [of the season] we have believed we can do it. And we get more belief all the time. This win over Chelsea showed we can beat the big teams in England.

“It was a very difficult game, but we knew that before. We needed to be strong and we knew we would have a chance to score. We controlled the game even if, at the end, they had a few chances.

“Chelsea are a strong team and defend well. We were trying to play our game, but had to be very strong first. If you do not win the fight in this kind of game, you cannot play your football. We scored just before half-time and after that tried to control the game.”

“Man United had won again, so we had to win. It was important to stay in the title race. We’d lost against Boro because maybe we were a bit tired. Everybody else thought we could not do it today, but we did it because we were strong.

“We had proven against Villa and in other games away [that we could fight], and we did it again today. We won the battles and at the end we played our own game. The team spirit was fantastic again and when you see that on the pitch, you believe we can win every game.”

Arsenal remain on top of the table. But again, the question lingers – can they maintain such a prominent stance within the Premier League?