Mathieu Flamini vows to fight Francis Coquelin for Arsenal place

Mathieu Flamini challenging Steven N'Zonzi

The Frenchman also reveals he doesn't see his future on the touchline.

Mathieu Flamini has vowed to fight with Francis Coquelin for an Arsenal starting place, reports the Daily Mail.

The Frenchman lost his place in the side last season as Coquelin was recalled from a loan spell at Charlton Athletic amidst an injury crisis earlier in the season.

The youngster came in and impressed as well, becoming a reliable defensive midfielder for Arsene Wenger’s side, with a stellar performance in the 2-0 away win over Manchester City catching the eye.

Flamini though, hasn’t given up the fight just yet and is determined to get back into the side.

“I don't like to give up that easily,” the Daily Mail reports him saying.

“There's a lot of competition. It's a big club. So I'm not giving up that easily. I’m working hard in pre-season. Everything will be open and I will work hard to get my place back. With a lot of competition you just have to accept it.”

No future as a manager

At 31 years old, it has certainly come to the part of Flamini’s career where he will start looking at what he will do when his career comes to an end.

While he still has several good years ahead of him, potentially in the Arsenal midfield, having a plan is always a good idea. Many players decide that their future is in the game as either a coach or a manager, Flamini says he has no interest in becoming the boss.

Instead, he suggests a role somewhere else in the management of a club would be more suited to his style.

“It's not my style,” he added.

“I've been playing at the top level now for nearly 13 years, so I don't see myself as a coach or assistant coach. Who knows? Maybe one day in the management of a club, but not at pitch side.”

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