Mathieu Flamini says it feels like he never left Arsenal
— Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) September 4, 2013
Arsenal signing Mathieu Flamini says he feels like he’s come home after returning for a second stint with the Gunners.
The Frenchman, snapped up on a free transfer this summer, made his second debut in last weekend’s north London derby win over Spurs.
And after Jack Wilshere’s illness pushed him into the team perhaps a little sooner than expected, he claims it feels like he hasn’t been away at all.
He told the Arsenal website: “I really have the sensation of being back home.
“Playing against Tottenham in a big derby, it was a great emotion, a great feeling.
“Playing against Tottenham is never easy but it is special for the club, for the fans and for the players. Of course, for me it was my first game and I wanted to show everyone how committed I am to this club, how I am ready to give everything on the pitch. I hope everyone saw it; I really did my best when I came on.
“I have heard it a lot [that it is like I have never been away]. I feel like I never left. There are players I played with before, and even staff, there are a lot of people still here that I knew before and the [relationship] with the fans was just amazing.
“I just want to thank everyone for the nice atmosphere on Sunday. It was great.”
The 29-year-old left to join AC Milan on a free transfer in 2008.