Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini is confident the Gunners can mount a title challenge in the Premier League this season and also end their eight-year wait for silverware, by winning a trophy.
The Frenchman had spent four seasons - between 2004 and 2008 - in his first spell at the north London club. During that time he helped Arsene Wenger's side in winning the 2005 FA Cup - which remains their last trophy - and also reaching the finals of the 2005/06 Champions League.
Arsenal have endured eight trophyless seasons now. However, Flamini, who rejoined the club on a free transfer last month after leaving AC Milan, believes the big-money signing of Germany playmaker Mesut Ozil on deadline day shows the Gunners' intent and it will be massive turning point for them.
"It is an important season for me and Arsenal. Our ambitions are clear, as the arrival of Mesut Ozil has proved. To fight for the title and compete in the Champions League. We want to win trophies. The club has waited for them for too long. We have the means to compete for the title, even if we are outsiders, not favourites, like in 2007-08.That is my motivation. I want to write another beautiful story with Arsenal," Flamini pointed out.
"I have unfinished business here. When I say that, I am thinking of the Champions League Final loss in Paris to Barcelona in 2006. And in my last season we led the table until we collapsed after the match at Birmingham [City] when [striker] Eduardo was injured. They were four years of great moments and strong regrets, because there is a feeling of not finishing the job," the 29-year-old added.
Flamini, who made his second debut for Arsenal in the north London derby against Tottenham Hotspur at the Emirates 10 days ago, also said he feels as if he never really left the club.
"I will never forget the match against Tottenham which marked my return. After having spent four fantastic years here, I played for five years at AC Milan, but I had the feeling that I had never left, that I had never turned the page. I found the same staff, all the people around the club. Some players had also stayed. And, on the pitch, I had the feeling I was back in the time when I played here. Everything happened very naturally. I had the feeling of coming home," the midfielder stressed.
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