Mathieu Flamini dedicates derby goals to Arsenal fans

The midfielder believes starting with 'a new dynamic' was key to securing victory at White Hart Lane.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini has dedicated his two goals against Tottenham Hotspur to the loyal Gunners faithful.

The midfielder scored both goals, the second an impressive volley, to secure Arsene Wenger’s side a 2-1 win over their bitter rivals and move them into the fourth round of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday evening.

It was a big moment for the Frenchman, as he has found himself out of the first-team picture at the Emirates this season, with some reports suggesting that he was close to leaving the club in the summer transfer window - such as those in the Daily Mail.

And he has dedicated his two goals to the Arsenal fans for the role they have played in shaping his career to date.

“The two goals were for them,” he told

“They’ve always supported me, they’ve all been behind me and they’ve played a big role in my career. It was important for me to celebrate with them and nobody else.”

Starting with a new dynamic key to victory

The win over Spurs was a big one for the Gunners, as it came on the back of successive defeats to Dinamo Zagreb and Chelsea in European and domestic competition.

In truth, either side could have won the game, with Arsenal riding their luck when Harry Kane had a volley cleared off the line by defender Kieran Gibbs with the scores locked at 1-1.

Flamini’s second of the evening proved to be the difference in the end, but he says that the Gunners starting with a new-found focus was key to securing derby spoils.

“I want to congratulate the guys because they had a great game,” he added.

“[It was] a great performance and they showed a lot of solidarity on the pitch. I think that’s important, especially after two defeats. Today we started with a new dynamic.”

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