This morning we were purring over the importance of Mathieu Flamini for Arsenal this term, and we weren’t the only ones.
Olivier Giroud was saying that the former AC Milan player was potentially the player Arsenal have been missing in recent years - with his combative attitude a direct balance to the free-flowing attacking style that Wenger tries his utmost to instil.
So ahead of a game against Borussia Dortmund in midweek, he is certainly one player they will want to stay fit - so he can scurry and scamper around after the likes of Marco Reus, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang - snapping at heels until submission.
But judging by events in the first half between Arsenal and Norwich City, they may just have to do without him.
Flamini has had to come off early after suffering a clash of heads and receiving lengthy treatment from the physio team.
The rock solid Norwich midfielder was however the cranium of which Flamini’s bounced off of at The Emirates.
Tettey was also worse for wear, but stayed on the pitch, while Flamini groggily stumbled off the pitch to be replaced by Aaron Ramsey, who Arsene Wenger had hoped to keep rested.
In all honesty, it did not look good for Tuesday’s game.
Flamini did not look like he really knew what day it was or which planet he was on as he left the field - like a punch-drunk boxer throwing stubby jabs out the corner he looked a beaten man.
The contact was rather sickening, as was the follow-up impact with the ground, and not something to eat your tea to later this evening - but the fact the petit hard-nut remained on the pitch for a while was even more outstanding.
However, time will now tell if he can be back fit for the crunch Champions League tie.
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