Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini scored twice either side of half-time against fierce London rivals Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane to book the Gunners’ place in the Capital One Cup fourth round. After being frozen out of the first-team this season, the Frenchman was given a rare start to prove his worth by manager Arsene Wenger, and delivered with a man-of-the-match performance.
His first goal in side of the first half hour was a close-range tap-in after Tottenham goalkeeper Michel Vorm had initially parried an effort from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, but there was no good fortune from his second goal of the game. Flamini brilliant volleyed home from outside the box to put Arsenal 2-1 up in the game, and the Gunners save the game out to eliminate their rivals in the third round.
Celebrating wildly in front of the Arsenal supporters, Flamini paid tribute to his fans. “The two goals were for them,” he said. “They’ve always supported me, they’ve all been behind me and they’ve played a big role in my career. It was important for me to celebrate with them and nobody else. It was the first time I’ve scored two times in a game, and is (good) to score against Tottenham in a derby in such an important game for Arsenal and the fans.”