'Goals will come' for Ozil as Arsenal believe Flamini will respect tradition

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Arsenal believe that French midfielder Mathieu Flamini now understands the clubs view on the sleeve cutting scandal - and expect him to follow the club tradition in the future.

The combative midfielder prefers to wear short sleeves and has taken to cutting his long sleeve tops before games. But the club tradition is for all the players to wear the same sleeve length chosen by the captain before kick-off.

It is now expected that Flamini will follow this protocol in the future.

Arsenal legend Pat Rice has been admitted to hospital. The 64-year-old is suffering with cancer and the club have issued this statement in reaction to the news - of a man who dedicated 44 years to the club as player and coach:

“Our thoughts are with Pat and his family. Everyone at Arsenal sends him our best wishes.”

Despite a small group of people questioning record signing Mesut Ozil recently, his team-mate for both club and country Per Mertesacker refuses to join that club.

He says that Ozil is doing well at the club and that ‘the goals will come’ for those who believe the former Real Madrid star needs to up his goal return:

“He's made good progress; I think…He is in good form … He gets himself into good positions so the goals will come, for sure.”

Jack Wilshere says his recent goal return is down to relaxing in front of goal:

“As you've seen with Aaron [Ramsey] this year, you grow up a little bit and you relax in front of goal. Once you get older and [more] comfortable, players around you trust you. You get a little bit fitter as well, you can get forward a bit more and when you’re in front of goal you've watched players in the past and you’ve learnt from your past mistakes. You relax and that's the only way you're going to do well.”

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