Flamini sights on World Cup
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini is targeting a place in France's World Cup squad.Mathieu Flamini is targeting a place in France's World Cup squad after establishing himself at Arsenal this season.
The young midfielder has enjoyed greater first team action at Highbury this term following the departure of Patrick Vieira to Juventus.
In light of his increased involvement with The Gunners, Flamini has now set his sights on joining his former captain in the French squad for the World Cup.
Though the 21-year-old concedes it could be a lofty aspiration, he is hoping he can force his way into Raymond Domenech's plans for the tournament in Germany.
"Of course I think about the World Cup," Flamini told L'Equipe.
"If I achieve a good season with Arsenal, why not?
"If I am called to play with the Under-21s, I will go too, with pleasure. I have had no contact with Raymond Domenech or (Under-21 coach) Rene Girard.
"I know at first I need to have good performances with my club."
Flamini joined Arsenal in controversial circumstances from Marseille in 2004 and he has made rapid strides during the past 18 months.
He admits he did not anticipate being a regular under Arsene Wenger and outlined where he feels he has substantially improved.
"When I came, it is true I didn't expect to play so often," added Flamini. "I took advantage of the circumstances and the injuries.
"Compared to France, the game here is more attacking and the physical impacts are more important too.
"You play 90 minutes at a very high level. It is probably in that domain that I have improved the most."