Liverpool legend: Arsenal star is NOT a great player, but...

Jamie Carragher says Mathieu Flamini's grit is what makes him important to Arsenal.

Mathieu Flamini demonstrated his importance to Arsenal at the weekend, scoring a crucial goal against Manchester City to earn a 1-1 draw.

His all round performance saw Jamie Redknapp describe him as the type of player Arsenal have been missing for years, and now another ex-Liverpool man has his say on the player.

Speaking on Monday Night Football on SkySports, Jamie Carragher paid Flamini a back-handed compliment about his importance to Arsenal.

"Credit to Arsenal they came out in the second half. Flamini was type of player whose come in late, and had an effect. He's a driving force, for me he is not a great player but he's got grit."

Carragher may be correct in that Flamini will not be competing for the Ballon d'Or any time soon, but players of his make-up are essential if the Gunners are to be successful.

For the skilful, creative players to be effective, a defensive midfielder is an essential cog in side if they are to be successful at the top level.

He may be a common example, but there is none better than pointing out former French international Claude Makelele, and the effect his departure had on the great Real Madrid side of the early 2000s and the Galacticos era, who found without a defensive shield, at crunch time their efforts in the Champions League at least would become undone.

His dismissal of Flamini as 'not great', is no insult, for each side needs functional players like him - and if they can chip in with important goals like at the weekend with regularity, the transcendence to greatness may just begin being felt naturally.

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