'I am frustrated': Mathieu Flamini 'hurt' after Arsenal break 20+ year run
Mathieu Flamini has claimed it hurt to see how far his former club Arsenal have fallen.
However, the retired footballer has also said he watches every single game and still loves the club.
Flamini enjoyed two different spells with the north Londoners. He joined in the summer if 2004 in the aftermath of the invincible season. And then left in 2008 on a free transfer to AC Milan.
However, he re-joined Arsenal back in 2013 after his contract at the San Siro expired.
The Frenchman won three FA Cups and two community shields during his time with the Gunners.
When talking about Arsenal’s fall from grace, Flamini said: “I am watching every game. It is like this club is part of me. Obviously, you are happy when things go well and you’re a bit disappointed and frustrated when things don’t go well.”
“There is frustration and I understand that. Myself, I am frustrated because once you are a fan, once you love the club, once you are part of the family, we all want it to be successful.”
“Obviously, it hurts me when we are not in the Champions League, the Europa League and we are fighting for a place in the Premier League that should not be ours.”
TBR View: Every Arsenal fan will be hurting like Flamini
Back during the days of no trophies, there was still a sense of competitiveness about Arsenal.
Sure, the Gunners had not won a major honour for nine years, but, some of the football was breathtaking.
The Gunners reached the 2009 Champions League semi-finals and were competing year in year out in the title race.
However, fast-forward to recent seasons and things are as bad as ever. The club are winning trophies, however, everything else has plummeted.
The level of football being played is horrendous, whilst the club have failed to qualify for European football for the first time in 20+ years.
It’s a sight which hurts the most ardent of Arsenal fan. The Emirates Stadium faithful have been keen to let their feelings be known with a protest against Stan Kroenke last season.
Flamini and his hurt is a sentiment shared by millions of Arsenal fans. Their fall from grace acts as an example on how not to run a club
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