By Tom Finn

Gunners midfielder Mathieu Flamini claimed last night that you would have to be crazy not to expect Arsenal to improve in the second-half of the season insisting that the injuries to key players are the reason they go into the Christmas period outside the top-four.

While speaking to the Daily Mirror Flamini said: “It would be crazy to think the opposite because we lost so many key players and having them back is very important for the team.

“We definitely need them because in the Premiership and the last stages of the Champions League, you cannot do it with eleven players. You need 25 so it is important for us to have them back.

“The season is going to be long. We are only arriving at Christmas now. There are still a lot of games to go so we take one game after another and focus on the next matches.

“I am very confident in the team, very confident in the quality we have because we have a few top players.”

Flamini also talked about the disappointment of coming away from Anfield with a draw after Martin Skrtel’s late equalizer.

“The most important thing is to recover well and be ready for the next game,” said Flamini.

“In probably ten days, we have three or four games so it is going to be a lot. We have to recover well for the next game and if we are ready, it will be fine.

“We had a bit of frustration because we felt we were unlucky. We conceded a stupid goal from a corner. But that’s football and we have to get on with it.”