Arsenal star Mathieu Flamini tells the secret of his success

Mathieu Flamini challenging Steven N'Zonzi

Arsenal's Mathieu Flamini has spoken about the hard-work which has helped him in his career.

Mathieu Flamini has spoken about the hard-working approach which has got him where he is in his career to date.

The Arsenal midfielder has had a glistening career, representing some of Europe's biggest clubs, and he insists that this is a result of the effort which he has put in.

Flamini admits that quality can only get you so far in football and he believes the dedication he has given to his career is earning recognition.

"I believe in hard work and I am who I am today because of that," he said to the club's official site. 

“In the last 10 minutes of a game you’re fighting against yourself and it depends on how strong you are mentally - some collapse and some make it. You have to be ready to suffer. That makes the difference.

“It’s not enough to only play with natural quality now. You need to be strong mentally and ready to face competition, ready to face difficult moments - that’s part of the game and it’ll make you stronger. I really believe that what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Despite his all-action approach and hard-work, there is a feeling around the Emirates that he is in need of an upgrade.

Most Arsenal fans implored Arsene Wenger to sign a world-class defensive midfielder in the summer, but the French manager decided to go with what he had already in his squad rather than bring in any more quality.

As a result, Flamini has remained a regular pick in the Gunners first-team, but he hasn't won over all his critics yet.

Arsenal have been exposed defensively already this season when they have played against top-quality opponents and there are concerns that it could derail their season.

The side are already playing catch-up on the top four and they will need to improve drastically otherwise it could be a season of disappointment. 

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