Who would have thought Mathieu Flamini would be the most important talking point here; that he would be the headlines of most of the morning papers back in the UK. Flamini himself wouldn’t have thought of it. Nor would he have thought that he’d be hitting the cleanest of volleys around the 80th minute mark in a North London Derby at White Hart Lane to give Arsenal the win, when he’d have seen his name on the teamsheet before the game.
It’s one of those stories that simply stun you and leave you speechless; one of those stories that you just can’t get your head around that someone who is way down the pecking order for a place in the starting line up would come up and beat your oldest rivals by scoring not just one, but two goals.
These goals were by no means, fluke. For the first goal, Flamini sprinted into the penalty area from midfield just in the hope that Michel Vorm would parry Chamberlain’s shot and he would be able to then latch on to it, and that is exactly what happened. And then came the stunner! Alexis tried a through ball that a Spurs defender just cleared into the air for it to fall from the sky and onto the onrushing Flamini’s right foot, at the edge of the box; he then hit a pure low, controlled, well placed volley that left Vorm with no chance. What a story!