Mathieu Flamini’s Injury: How Will Arsenal Cope in his Absence?

The Flamster has been a revelation since rejoining the club this summer

It all began with a scintillating debut performance for the Gunners against the old enemy, Tottenham Hotspurs, as Arsene Wenger’s valiant soldiers held their nerve to seal a 1-0 victory which was followed by the mind-boggling capture of Mesut Ozil. With Mikel Arteta suffering a thigh injury early in the season, Flamini slotted into the holding midfield like he never left and his enforcing presence liberated Aaron Ramsey to strut his stuff in attack, like Cesc Fabregas in the 2007/08 campaign.

With Arteta undoubtedly an indispensable player to Arsenal, Arsene Wenger was forced to make a decision on his holding midfield pairing when the Spaniard was fully fit and he ended up fielding Arteta and Flamini in the heart of the midfield, which ensured that Ramsey was deployed on the right wing, a position he has gotten much joy from in the past.

Against Napoli at the Emirates, it seemed like a stroke of genius as the Arteta-Flamini combo was water-tight in midfield, providing a fulcrum to instigate attacks as well as protecting the back four behind them. Ozil opened his goalscoring account with a peach of a finish which was provided by Ramsey from the right wing. Arsene Wenger deployed the same squad against West Brom but they were probably affected by their midweek exertions and the Gunners put up a collective sub-standard performance that was just enough in the tank to salvage a draw.

Concussed: A groggy Mathieu Flamini was forced off before half-time against Norwich

Ramsey replaced Flamini to put up a 5-star performance against Norwich

When the Gunners hosted Norwich after the international break, they were firing on all cylinders and that Jack Wilshere’s team goal after an exquisite team move gets better with each passing replay. However, the magnificent midfield performance in the 4-1 victory was marred by a concussion suffered by Flamini after a clash of heads with Alexandre Tettey.

Following the team doctor’s advice, Flamini was rested against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League and all thoroughbred Gooners could attest that his absence was hugely felt. The visiting holding midfield combination of Nuri Sahin and Sven Bender smothered Mikel Arteta and with Ramsey bombing forward, the midfield was lost. If Arteta had the raging Flamini by his side, it would have been another outcome.

Notwithstanding, Flamini made a highly welcome comeback against Crystal Palace but after just eight minutes or so, he was replaced by Serge Gnabry after suffering a groin injury. Shortly after the game, Wayne Versey of Goal.com reported that he’d be out for two weeks,

“Flamini is set to miss the club’s top-of-the-table Premier League clash against Liverpool next Saturday, as well as the crucial Champions League trip to Borussia Dortmund and Tuesday’s Capital One Cup tie against Chelsea.

Goal understands that Flamini is now expected to be sidelined for a fortnight with the injury and that he is targeting the trip to Manchester United on November 10 for his return.”

I can’t stress much about the loss of Flamini in these upcoming crucial clashes without revealing his stats so far this season with some aid from WhoScored,

 

Premier League

Champions League

Appearances (subs)

6 (1)

2

Tackles made (per game)

11 (1.6)

6 (3)

Interceptions made (per game)

10 (1.4)

5 (2.5)

Fouls committed (per game)

7 (1)

3 (1.5)

Clearances (per game)

10 (1.4)

3 (1.5)

Blocked shots (per game)

3 (0.4)

-

Total Passes (accurate passes)

322 (300)

135 (128)

Pass Completion percentage

93.2%

94.8%

Bookings (Yellow/Red)

(4/0)

-

His tackles, interceptions and clearances would have been very vital in the crucial clashes against Liverpool, Dortmund and potentially Manchester United. The Reds are riding high in the league and are just two points behind Arsenal with arguably the best strike force in the Premier League.

Daniel Sturridge may have scored an exquisite goal in the weekend against West Brom, but I may be quick to comment on how free he was allowed to waltzed through the midfield unmarked before boring down on goal, picking his spot and producing a chip Carlos Vela would have been proud of. Having a Flamini-esque midfielder would have mitigated that.

In the wake of Flamini’s loss, Arsenal can only count on the services of Mikel Arteta, that will serve a match ban for his professional foul on ex-Gunner Marouane Chamakh. Arteta’s ban ensures that he misses the game against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup, a game he was sure to miss anyway.

10492473506 35d64cf232 o Shocking! Mikel Arteta fouled by Marouane Chamakh, Arteta sent off with straight red card! [Gif]

Red card or not?

Flamini’s performances this season have proved that he offered what the Gunners had lacked since Alexandre Song – grit, determination, doggedness, tenacity, “dirtiness” and offering an enforcing presence in midfield.

It’s a big shame that the Gunners would miss a player of his immense qualities in these crucial games coming up next month.

Sayonara.

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About enigma106

An Arsenal fan with a good sense of humor

Posted on October 28, 2013, in Arsenal, Football, Injury News, Premier League and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. Hi. Nice blog overall. Seeing it for the 1st time as it don’t normally pop up on newsnow. Keep it up.

    Erm…I think you will remember that Flamini didn’t play with us last season. Arteta and Ramsey did a magnificently silent job there and I think people are underestimating.

    Wenger should just drag Ramsey back and put Wilshere in his place and play Sicknote on the wings. Problem solved yea?

  2. İ believe thomas vermalen can be brought in as a defensive midfielder now that flamini is down. İts such an important position in the team. Lets make sure its properly covered.

  3. Gud article.during our defeat to dortmund,the position samsey lost d ball and mirktaryan fired in wud hv bin an area flamini wud hv covered effectivly bnd durin d counter flamini wud hv alerted per or sagna to close down lewandowski preventing him 4rm slotin in d winner. Durin games he is always alertin our back 4 to take positions.witout flamini in our d.m we wil b volnurable in dis november fixtures.gunner 4ever!

  4. So wats d solution ????

  5. Muhammad Yunus

    Recover quick.

  6. Muhammad Yunus

    Nice post

  7. I enjoyed your post. Keep it up

  8. Its a nice site that gives right and latest news. Keep going ahead

  9. l wish arsenal more proggres to team

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