Flamini: Gunners deserve European glory

Former Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini believes Arsene Wenger's side deserve success this season, and that he will be supporting the Gunners in their Champions League semi-final showdown with Manchester United.

The 25-year-old rose to prominence at the Emirates Stadium last season, making 40 appearances in all competitions - scoring three goals - and forming an effective central-midfield partnerhsip with Cesc Fabregas. But despite Flamini being offered a new deal at Arsenal last summer, the Frenchman opted to switch to the San Siro on a free transfer, where he has endured a frustrating campaign, struggling to establish himself as an AC Milan regular.

However, he insists he remains determined to make an impression in Serie A under manager Carlo Ancelotti, and revealed he still has fond memories of his time at the Emirates and will be rooting for the Gunners in the Champions League next week.

“Italy is tough, but I am trying," he said. "Yeah of course I loved it in England, and its not easy here. I’m still an Arsenal fan, from the beginning I still believe in them. “I have great memories, a strong relationship with the players and coach. I’m in contact with them nearly everyday. “They deserve success, they are working very hard, they have the quality, and top players. I personally think they have a great chance, and I will support them [against United]. They are top, top team, and I think they can do things.”

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