Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has cited unfinished business as his reason for returning to the club.
The French international midfielder enjoyed a successful four-year stint with the Gunners before opting to leave in 2008 for Italian club AC Milan.
It was the end for a number of Arsenal players at that time, and it coincided with a following period which proved tough for the North Londoners as they lost ground on their Premier League rivals.
After a five-year spell in Serie A, Flamini began training at the Emirates in a bid to gain match fitness in the summer of 2013 and eventually signed a two-year deal after impressing boss Arsene Wenger.
When asked why he returned in the press conference ahead of Arsenal’s clash with Chelsea on Sunday, Flamini cited unfinished business as he looked back at defining moments during his first spell at the club.
“When I came back, it was unfinished business, because I always had in my heart, in the back of my mind the Champions League final, because we had an amazing run until Barcelona. We lost it.” He said, quoted by the Mirror.
"Then also, 2008, you remember we were top of the league until late in the season, and we collapsed. We lost one player, Eduardo, to a bad injury … so that is a bad memory I keep in the back of my mind.”
“In 2008 we had such a strong team. I’m frustrated because of that. I came back because I have unfinished business and I think in my mind I want to clear up, that’s why I came back to win titles. We started last year with the FA Cup, and we have big ambition this year.”
The Gunners’ prospects at winning the Premier League title may hinge on Sunday’s result at Stamford Bridge given the two sides’ different starts to the season.
The Blues currently lead the North Londoners by six points in the table, and opening up a nine-point gap could see Wenger’s side with too much of a deficit to recover from.