Deco picks surprising best five-a-side Arsenal team, includes Mathieu Flamini

The former Barcelona midfielder included some big names but also one or two eyebrow-raisers including Tuesday night's villain.

Former Barcelona and Chelsea midfielder Deco named some surprise inclusions when asked by Squawka to assemble the best five-a-side team from the current Arsenal squad, none more so than Tuesday night's villain Mathieu Flamini.

The Gunners lost 2-0 at home to the Brazilian's former club in the first leg of the Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday night, with Flamini giving away a penalty less than a minute after coming on as a substitute, leaving Arsene Wenger's side with everything to do in the second leg at the Nou Camp.

Speaking before the clash at the Emirates, the two-time Champions League winner predictably named key attacking stars Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil in his five-man side, but went slightly left-field for his remaining selections.

Much-improved left-back Nacho Monreal was selected as his defensive man in the team, with the Spaniard having developed into one of Wenger's most reliable players at the back.

Instead of opting for Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott, Santi Cazorla or any of Arsenal's other big-name attacking stars, Deco then added Costa Rican forward Joel Campbell to his side.

Following numerous loan spells away, the 23-year-old is finally enjoying his breakthrough season at the Emirates four years after first moving to England, and has netted three times in 23 appearances in all competitions.

Finally, in a move which will surely shock Gunners fans, Deco chose Flamini as the midfield enforcer, although the Frenchman made something of a mockery of that choice by conceding the penalty which led to Barca's second goal on Tuesday night within a minute of entering the action.

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