83 touches, 61 passes: Arsenal's lynchpin brilliant despite defeat

Flamini Warm Up

Arsenal endured a tricky night in Italy, but for one player it was more frustration than disappointment as he built the base for Arsenal, but couldn't see his hard-work capitalised on.

Mikel Arteta optimised Arsenal's night by being sent off in the 76th minute, allowing Napoli to breeze home to victory 2-0.

Arsene Wenger saw his side get undone by 2 players that he had previously courted for a place in the Arsenal line up, and was clearly very disappointed after the game.

''When we were down to ten men and 1-0 down, then the doubt crept in a little bit.

''It was a difficult moment. We concentrated by we were a bit in between.

''Do we attack or do we we defend? it is always difficult to cope with that problem. in the second-half, our legs went a it and Napoli were sharper''

Former Real Madrid men Jose Callejon and Gonzalo Higuain hit the back of Arsenal's net to put the lacklustre London side to the sword, which saw them only just qualify on goal-difference.

Despite the defeat, Arsenal had one player who built the base for the side to go on to win the game, but saw his hard work undone by the players in front of him.

Mathieu Flamini was the reason Arsenal were able to contend so much of the possession, and was really unfortunate to be on the losing team.

The French midfielder was Arsenal's biggest defensive threat against the Italians, making 2 tackles, 5 interceptions and 2 effective clearances.

In terms of energy around the pitch, he had the most touches out of any Arsenal player and the second most touches on the pitch. He registered 83 touches, 61 passes and a 75% pass completion.

On the night he was also Arsenal's main attacking threat, registering 1 key pass and 2 shots, despite neither shot hitting the target.

Arsenal fans, and Arsene Wenger will expect better from all their players in their next two crunch matches against Manchester City and Chelsea, but Flamini has little to improve on.

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