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Wenger and Flamini in shirty row after Arsenal midfielder CUTS off his sleeves (again)

The Arsenal midfielder has broken a long-standing tradition of wearing the same length sleeves as the club captain.

Arsene Wenger got shirty with Mathieu Flamini last night after Jack Wilshere became the fastest gun in the Champions League.

Midfield anchorman Flamini flouted a long-standing club tradition which dictates that Arsenal players all wear the same length sleeve as the captain.

But with his team-mates following skipper Per Mertesacker's choice of long sleeves, Flamini took a pair of scissors to his white sleeves above the elbow and manager Wenger hissed: "I do not like that and he will not do it again. I was surprised, and we don't want that."

Flamini sparked a dressing room row at Old Trafford earlier this month by tailoring his shirt in similar fashion for the 1-0 defeat by Manchester United - because the kits were embossed with poppy emblems for Remembrance Day and were being auctioned for charity.

But the French international was unrepentant last night and hit back: "I've been playing at top level for 10 years, I like to wear short sleeves - that's what I like to do."

Flamini's short shrift supplied an air of mutiny to a comfortable Gunners win, which was never in doubt once Wilshere had fired them in front after just 31 seconds - the fatest goal by an Englishman in Champions League history.

Odd one out: Flamini was the only Arsenal player with short sleeves

Arsenal's Jack in the box, who had only scored six goals in his whole Gunners career before the match, added another 20 minutes after the break to leave them on the brink of the knockout phase for the 14th consecutive year.

A point, or even defeat by fewer than two goals, against Napoli in their final group match will be sufficient, but Wenger groaned: "It's unbelievable that 12 points is not enough to put us through.

"I have never known that in more than 150 Champions League games, but that is the reality and we have to finish the job.

"We need to put it in our heads to go there and play in a positive way because anything else would be a dangerous gamble."

England midfielder Wilshere's quickfire opener caught out thousands of latecomers in the 59,912 crowd before his fourth goal of the season clinched Arsenal's comfortable win and he said: "I've never scored a faster goal than that.

"I've never scored four in a season before, but I've set myself a target of 10 this year and hopefully I can reach that."

source: http://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/arsenals-arsene-wenger-mathieu-flamini-2855215

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