Arsenal midfielder Mathieu Flamini believes that the Gunners' FA Cup win in 2014 was his best ever moment during his illustrious career at the north London club. The midfielder has played a part in three FA Cup wins under Arsene Wenger, twice after coming back to the Capital after leaving on a free transfer to AC Milan in 2008.
The Gunners ended their nine-year wait without a trophy after winning the coveted tournament in 2014 and went on to repeat the feat in the following year, which made Arsenal the most successful club in the history of the FA Cup and Arsene Wenger the most successful manager with six wins under his name. Flamini had previously won the FA Cup in 2005, which marked the end of the Invincibles' era but he insists that the recent win was much more enjoyable owing to what it meant to the club.
It was a hard fought win for the Gunners, who had conceded two goals within the opening 15 minutes of the game. Santi Cazorla halved the deficit with a brilliantly taken free-kick in the first half while Laurent Koscielny equalised for the Gunners midway through the second. Aaron Ramsey scored the winner in extra time, capping what had been a breakthrough year for the Welshman.
"My favourite is the first one after I came back because the club hadn't won for so long and I said that I was coming back to sort some unfinished business," Flamini told Arsenal's official website. "To win a title after not winning one for so long, and to do it in the year I returned, I was so pleased for everyone.
"The FA Cup is a very important competition here in England. It's a tradition here and for Arsenal the FA Cup is a special cup because we have won it for the last couple of years, so obviously you want to defend your title and win it again.
"The secret is to have a team with a lot of quality and enough players to compete in the Premier League and the FA Cup. I think Arsenal have that quality here so that's why we can compete every time in the FA Cup.
"After that, it's important to be focused because in the FA Cup you either win or you're out. You have to be focused on the day, concentrate, and that has been working very well for us," he added.