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Flamini: It’s Like I Never Left

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Returning Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has said that he feels as though he never left the club despite a five year absence with AC Milan, the Metro reports.

The 29-year-old went straight into the squad for last weekend’s 1-0 victory over Tottenham in the north London derby, coming on as a second half substitute for his first appearance since 2008.

And he has admitted that it feels as though he never went away.

“I really have the sensation of being back home. Playing against Tottenham in a big derby, it was a great emotion, a great feeling,” Flamini told Arsenal’s official website.

“Playing against Tottenham is never easy but it is special for the club for the fans and for the players.

“Of course, for me it was my first game and I wanted to show everyone how committed I am to this club, how I am ready to give everything on the pitch. I hope everyone saw it; I really did my best when I came on.

“I have heard it a lot [that it is like I have never been away]. I feel like I never left.

“There are players I played with before, and even staff, there are a lot of people still here that I knew before and the [relationship] with the fans was just amazing. I just want to thank everyone for the nice atmosphere on Sunday. It was great.”

Flamini joins the likes of Yaya Sanogo, Emiliano Viviano and Mesut Ozil as the club’s only new arrivals this summer, and though the club didn’t do all the business they’d hoped, Flamini insists that the standard of the squad remains high.

“The quality is very high in this team and at this club,” he said. “That is the most important thing, to have players of quality because that makes a difference.

“The team spirit is also very good, and we saw on Sunday that everyone was helping each other on the pitch. That makes a difference in the big games.”

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