Flamini joined Crystal Palace in the summer on a free transfer after two spells under Wenger at Arsenal, and was on the bench last night as his new club thrashed the Gunners 3-0 to pile the pressure further on their beleaguered manager.
Goals from Andros Townsend, Yohan Cabaye and Luka Milivojevic plunged Wenger’s season to a new low as furious Gunners fans called for his head and abused their players.
Flamini, who in all spent seven years working under Wenger, said: “It is painful because I am still an Arsenal fan. I spent many years over there so my heart is white and red.
Arsene Wenger saw his Arsenal side lose 3-0 at Crystal Palace
“My opinion is not important. I had some amazing times with Arsene Wenger. He did so much for myself. I played for many years under him. I owe him a lot.
“But I understand also the frustration of the fans because they are such a big club and they want their team winning. It is not an easy situation.
“Results are not what they want, that is for sure. But they have a lot of quality.
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“I saw Arsene. Of course everyone is disappointed. When you are a big club you want to win every game, so that is normal.”
But the French midfielder insisted: “They have so much quality in the team and I really believe they can still get into the top four.
“It is just a matter of how they want it. I really hope they will make it because they deserve to be in the Champions League. It is such an amazing club.”