Flamini: Injuries no excuse for Arsenal form

With the likes of Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Mathieu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny all sidelined, the Gunners have won just two of their opening eight league games this season


Mathieu Flamini has warned Arsenal’s mounting injury worries are no excuse for poor form from the rest of the team.

Arsene Wenger is without a host of first-team players, including Mesut Ozil, Olivier Giroud, Mathieu Debuchy and Laurent Koscielny and required a last-minute goal to secure a 2-2 draw against Hull on Saturday.

Arsenal have won just two of their opening eight league games, with five draws stunting their progress, but Flamini feels the fit members of the squad should not be looking for easy excuses.

“We’re having injuries but we don’t want to hide behind any excuses,” the midfielder told reporters.

“We’re facing the truth – we didn’t win on Saturday and we’ll try to find a solution for the next games.”

Arsenal travel to Anderlecht on Wednesday with more selection dilemmas, this time in goal.

First choice Wojciech Szczesny is suspended while back-up David Ospina is injured, meaning Argentine youngster Emiliano Martinez is likely to start in Belgium.

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