Flamini hails 'unbelievable' Wenger ahead of 1000th Arsenal game

The manager is set to take charge of the Gunners for the landmark time when they visit Chelsea on Saturday, and the midfielder hopes the squad can repay his loyalty with silverware

Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini hailed Arsene Wenger’s “unbelievable achievement” as the manager approaches his 1,000th game in charge of the club.

The manager will lead the Gunners for the impressive landmark when they take on city rivals Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.

Wenger joined Arsenal in 1996 and, although his tenure has become characterised by a lack of silverware of late, Flamini remains convinced he has been brilliant for the Emirates Stadium outfit.

“It’s an unbelievable achievement. [Wenger] means so much to the club for the achievements he has done until now. Congratulations to him, first of all,” Flamini told reporters.

“I think it’s someone who knows exactly what he wants. He has a vision since the beginning, he’s moved to Arsenal and he still has the same one. He knows exactly how he wants to play. That’s remarkable.

“He’s not really changed, he’s still the same person. He had a philosophy before and he still has the same ones, that’s why it’s so easy for me to come back and to find my place in this team.”

Flamini was part of the Arsenal team to last win a trophy – the 2005 FA Cup – before returning to the club last summer after five seasons with AC Milan, and he would love to reward Wenger’s loyalty with silverware this season.

Arsenal trail Premier League leaders Chelsea by four points heading into Saturday’s clash and have a game in hand, while they are in the FA Cup semi-final against Hull City.

“We have a few more games to come, which are not easy, because Chelsea and Manchester City are also fighting for the title,” Flamini said.

“In the title race, it’s very important not to drop any more points because it’s not a marathon now, it’s a sprint. We have a few more games and we want to win every single one.

“The Premier League is one of the objectives but we still have the FA Cup and we really want to make something of this competition too.

“It’s a great opportunity, everyone is waiting for Arsenal to win a title and everyone is talking around the club that Arsenal haven’t won a title for a while. It’s a great opportunity for us and it’s in our hands and I can assure everyone we will do everything to go through and win it this year.”

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