Mathieu Flamini and not Mesut Ozil, was Arsene Wenger’s best summer signing for Arsenal, according to former Gunners star Emmanuel Petit.
Flamini has added grit to the Arsenal midfield and with his presence the flair players have been able to maraud forward and help rocket the Emirates outfit to the top of the Premier League.
Wenger suffered a setback when the French schemer sustained a concussion in the 4-1 win over Norwich in the Premier League.
And he will miss the vital Champions League encounter tomorrow night when Wenger’s side host Borussia Dortmund.
Frenchman Flamini re-joined the Gunners on a free transfer after a five-year stint with AC Milan.
Now compatriot Petit has heaped praise on his performances since he arrived in north London.
He said: “Everybody is talking about Mesut Ozil, with good reason, but as I said months ago I was very pleased to see the return of Flamini at Arsenal.
“Since the time Cesc Fabregas was there they have missed the big guns in midfield. They needed Ozil but they were also missing a defensive midfielder, just in front of the back four.
“Now, with those two players, they have found the right balance and can enjoy their football.”
Meanwhile, Wenger says he expects Dortmund to be open in their play in the Champions League game.
He added: “For me, the most common thing about German players is their attitude. They have a reputation of being 100 per cent professional.
“What they give you, the German teams, is they have a desire to play. They play with a positive attitude and they have produced as well many good players recently.
“It makes it always an open game because they don’t hide. We don’t hide, so it should be an exciting game on Tuesday.”