Arsenal knocked out Tottenham in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday after a brace by defensive midfielder Mathieu Flamini in the 2-1 win.
Flamini, 31, had a night to remember at White Hart Lane on Wednesday as his two goals secured the victory for Arsenal in the London derby against rivals Tottenham. The French midfielder is more known for his defensive capabilities than his goalscoring. In 222 appearances for Arsenal, Flamini has now scored 13 goals.
Flamini opened up the scoring in the 26th minute. Tottenham came and tied up the game in the 56th minute after an own goal by Calum Chambers, but Flamini got his second of the night in the 78th minute. Manager Arsene Wenger was delighted with Flamini’s performance.
“You do not expect Mathieu Flamini to score two goals,” Wenger told arsenal.com. “He was certainly frustrated for a long time and he went for it. He scored two good goals, especially the second one. I think on the second one he made an early decision to go for it and just focused and finished with a great goal. Overall I must say we responded well mentally and physically to the challenge we faced tonight and it was a convincing performance.
“We were unlucky to concede an own goal and we found the resources to score a second,” Wenger said. “Tottenham gave absolutely everything but [after] around 70 minutes we could take advantage. They dropped a little bit with their intensity and we found a little bit more space to play just at the moment when Alexis came on. We found we could create dangerous situations.”
Arsenal will take on Sheffield Wednesday in the next round.