Flamini: It's crazy not to expect Arsenal to improve

The Gunners have a long list of injury absentees – including the likes of Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere – and the midfielder has underlined that impact on the club’s fortunes

Mathieu Flamini is confident Arsenal will kick on when they welcome back a host of key players from injury.

Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere, Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta were among the absentees as Martin Skrtel’s late header denied the Gunners all three points against Liverpool on Sunday.

Arsenal are sixth in the Premier League standings and Flamini believes the club will need all of their players fit in order to make it a memorable season.

He told the club’s official website: “It would be crazy to think [we won’t improve] because we lost so many key players and having them back is very important for the team.

“We definitely need them because in the championship and the last stages of the Champions League, you cannot do it with 11 players. You need 25, so it is important for us to have them back.

“The season is going to be long and we are only just arriving at Christmas now. I am very confident in the team, very confident in the quality we have because we have a few top players.

“The most important thing is to recover well and be ready for the next game. In probably 10 days, we have three or four games so it is going to be a lot. We have to recover well for the next game and if we are ready, it will be fine.”

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