No limits for Flamini
Mathieu Flamini insists there are "no limits" for Arsenal this season and wants to remain part of their "new generation".
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 05/03/08 5:32pm
Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini insists there are "no limits" to what the club can achieve this season and wants to remain part of their "new generation".
The Gunners claimed a memorable 2-0 win in the San Siro to dump holders Milan out of the UEFA Champions League, and despite stuttering in the Premier League title race recently, they remain a point clear of Manchester United.
Many expected this to be a transitional year for Arsenal with talismanic striker Thierry Henry joining Barcelona last summer and Arsene Wenger failing to sign a high-profile replacement.
But Wenger's young Gunners have blossomed this season and Flamini believes they are equipped to lead the club to glory - both at home and abroad.
"There are no limits because we are playing the Champions League to win it," he said. "We are playing the Premier League to win it too. So now we are going to concentrate.
"As you saw in the last two games, to concentrate is very important at a very high level. So we are going to stay focused.
"Everybody said that Arsenal was a young side with less experience," Flamini added.
"Remember that only two years ago we went to the Champions League final and a lot of our players now were in that team.
"We have added quality to the team. We are stronger, we have more experience, so I am sure we will do a good job in the Champions League."
Flamini has been one of Arsenal's most-improved players this term, forcing Brazil captain Gilberto Silva to spend most of the season on the bench before dominating the midfield battle with Milan along with goalscorer Cesc Fabregas.
The 23-year-old Frenchman is out of contract at the end of this season, with Juventus said to be monitoring the situation.
But Flamini, who signed from Marseille in 2004, is in negotiations with Arsenal over a new contract and is hopeful of staying at the Emirates Stadium.
"I am very happy here. Every game I give more than 100 per cent and I love playing for this team," he said.
"We are a new generation, we have to create a new history. I want to be part of this history, so I hope I will be here for next season."
"At the moment my advisers are talking with the club, so I really hope that everything will be okay," he explained. "I cannot put a time on it, but I really want to stay here.
"What is important for a player is to play and I am playing. I am becoming more and more confident and I want to take more responsibility."
After drawing their last two league games, Arsenal will aim to pick up from where they left off in Milan when they visit Wigan on Sunday.
And with Manchester United facing Portsmouth in the FA Cup sixth round this weekend, Sunday's game presents an opportunity for Arsenal to restore some breathing space at the top of the table.
"It is fantastic to play in the Champions League and beat AC Milan - but to come back in the Premier League to go to Wigan is not going to be easy. It's a tough game," said Flamini.
"We have been around the top of the league for seven months, so we will do everything to stay in the number one position.
"We know it is going to be difficult, but we are a strong team with a lot of quality."