Confident Flamini unfussed
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Mathieu Flamini is unconcerned by deputising for Patrick Vieira.
Mathieu Flamini is unconcerned by deputising for Patrick Vieira or worries over the validity of his transfer to Arsenal.
Marseille are still protesting against the midfielder's controversial switch to Highbury but the Frenchman is fully focused on the task in hand.
With a must-win UEFA Champions League tie with Rosenborg taking place ahead of the Premiership clash of the titans with Chelsea at the weekend, Flamini is pencilled in to replace suspended skipper Vieira in both fixtures.
"If he [Arsene Wenger] calls me, I will come in without fear," he told L'Equipe.
"I will do my best to ensure everything goes off smoothly.
"If Arsene Wenger calls me and Fabregas, that means he thinks we will be capable of making a good match and containing our adversaries.
"The team is only thinking to win against Rosenborg, then we will prepare well for the Chelsea match that will allow us to come back in the title race if we win."
Flamini does not feel the defeat to Manchester United has sparked the dramatic loss in form for the champions.
"It is not linked to the match in Manchester because it was a dubious defeat," he protested.
"Above all, I think, at a certain time, the players were tired and that produced a series of draws.
"It was not a crisis."
The 20-year-old is not losing any sleep over Marseille's decision to register a complaint over his transfer to the courts.
"I belong to Arsenal," he stated. "When I left l'OM, I did not infringe any rules so there is no reason the transfer is not right.
"I have no worries."