Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Won't Fail Arsenal Fans, Vows Flamini; but Scholes Says Stars 'Go Missing'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Won't Fail Arsenal Fans, Vows Flamini; but Scholes Says Stars 'Go Missing'

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Byline: James Olley Chief Football Correspondent

MATHIEU FLAMINI insists Arsenal are determined to make sure their season does not fall apart after suffering more misery last night.

The Gunners overcame Wilfried Bony's 11th-minute opener through Lukas Podolski and Olivier Giroud but dropped two vital points when Flamini scored a 90thminute own-goal to gift Swansea a point at Emirates Stadium.

The 2-2 draw came just three days after Arsenal were thumped 6-0 by Chelsea and Arsene Wenger's side are now six points behind their London rivals with seven games left. Manchester City up next on Saturday evening, and Arsenal will also be looking over their shoulders at Everton, who are six points behind in fifth place but have a game in hand and host the Gunners at Goodison Park on Sunday week.

Asked if there was a resolve in the squad to ensure their season does not end in failure, Flamini said: "Yes, I think so because we came back in this game. It was not easy -- a lot of the players were tired but we did it.

"The team spirit is still here and we gave a good example because coming back to 2-1, we were holding the result until near the end, so yesterday was a good reaction for the team.

"Obviously, it will be very difficult to win the League now because we dropped three points at Chelsea and another two yesterday. It will be very difficult but what is important is to focus on the next game because we have to get a good result and then we will see."

Flamini's defiance was countered by former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes, who, speaking on Sky Sports, launched an astonishing attack on Arsenal's players for capitulating to City, Liverpool and Chelsea.

Scholes, a senior coach at Old Trafford, said last night: "It's probably a typical week for Arsenal. They capitulated at Chelsea and it's a similar theme that seems to happen when they play the top teams. It happened at Liverpool [a 5-1 defeat], they conceded six against City, they just seem to go missing. …

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