Arsenal fans react on Twitter to Mathieu Flamini display on return v Spurs

The returned Mathieu Flamini played more than 45 minutes in Arsenal's win over Tottenham Hotspur.

Mathieu Flamini's return to Arsenal has been used to describe all this is wrong with Arsenal so far this transfer window.

But yesterday at the Emirates was a reminder that games are won on the pitch, and not off it - with big spending Tottenham cut down to size.

Flamini played his part too, coming off the bench for the injured Jack Wilshere on 43 minutes, and helping the Gunners keep a clean sheet in the 1-0 win.

The 28-year-old was playing for AC Milan last season it should not be forgotten, where he has become an even more streetwise footballer despite his injury issues.

So how did he get on? We took a look at his performance from a statistical and anecdotal perspective.

Flamini touched the ball just 26 times, one less than the man he replaced Jack Wilshere did, who played slightly less minutes.

The Frenchman completed 86 per cent of his passes - just a total of 12 out of 14. While from a small sample, that percentage accuracy was better than any other Arsenal midfielder other than Wilshere (88).

Three of those successful passes were in the attacking third of the pitch, and nine in the centre. Flamini attempted no passes inside his own defensive third.

Eight of his passes were forward passes, four square balls, and not once passing backwards towards his own goalmouth.

Flamini made three tackles, with the man he replaced Wilshere not making any. Flamini's three in his time on the pitch equal to Tomas Rosicky in his 79 minutes, while Aaron Ramsey topped the pair making seven tackles.

Flamini also made one interception, the only midfielder to do so other than the excellent Ramsey (3), while he also performed his defensive duties making two effective clearances.

He also got stuck in, making two fouls - being booked, and was fouled himself on two occasions. 

To give those statistics some context, we have taken a look at how fans reacted to his display, whether they were impressed upon seeing him in action for Arsenal for the first time since 2008.

How do you feel Flamini got on?

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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