Although Özil is undoubtedly a great player and has improved Arsenal, I’ve been even more impressed with the quiet but important job Flamini is doing tying the midfield together and adding bite to the Arsenal team.
Owen Morgan, from Back Page Football wrote an excellent piece on Flamini:
Flamini is obviously not the most gifted player in the Arsenal squad, yet he has so far excelled in his return to the club he left five years ago. A pass completion rate of 94% against Swansea demonstrates exactly what he is good at. Breaking up play, regaining possession for his side, then passing to the more dynamic, creative players alongside him. His passes are short and simple, rarely more than ten yards, but they are the crucial foundations for the attacks that lead to Arsenal goals.