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Mathieu Flamini refuses to blame the pitch for Arsenal’s draw at Wigan on Sunday.
There was plenty of ‘surface tension’ at the JJB Stadium over the weekend as Arsène Wenger’s side saw their title hopes hit by a goalless game played out in difficult conditions.

However Flamini’s words afterwards were as no-nonsense as his performance. Yes, the pitch and the midweek trip to Milan were a factor but, he said, “when you want to win the title you have to be ready to fight”.

“Of course, it is very frustrating,” the 24-year-old commented. “We gave a lot on Tuesday and had to give a lot again at Wigan. It was not easy because it was difficult conditions. But it was important to stay focused defensively and offensively. I think we missed a little bit although we were unlucky.
“The pitch was horrible but what can you say? It was the same for both teams. Of course we like to play and we had to play more long balls so it was more difficult for us.

“But you cannot moan. You just have to score goals and we didn’t so now we have to work harder in training and be ready for Middlesbrough [on Saturday].

“It’s always difficult especially after big games like Milan, you need to be 200 per cent concentrated. But we had five days to recover.

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