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Flamini: We Have To Look Forward

1 January 2017

Mathieu Flamini has called on his Crystal Palace teammates to look ahead to Tuesday's game against Swansea City, focus on that and forget the defeat away to Arsenal.

The Eagles were sunk by a stunning Olivier Giroud scorpion kick and a second half Alex Iwobi header on Flamini's return to the Emirates, in a game the midfielder felt the Gunners deserved the three points.

"We have to be realistic. Arsenal played a good game, they were strong, but we have to look forward," he said. "We knew coming here it wasn't going to be easy, but they played a good game and deserved to win. We had a few small opportunities and when you play against the big teams you have to put them in, but it was not easy. I think they deserved the victory."

For Flamini the focus is on Swansea, who visit Selhurst Park on Tuesday evening, and he has urged his teammates to write off the defeat to the Gunners and prepare for the game against the managerless Swans.

"It's an important game for us and a chance to get three points," he said. "Today we knew it wasn't going to be easy, but Swansea we have to come away with the three points.

"It's very difficult. It's not easy, but being in England we know what to expect. It will be an important day's recovery, we have to write off this game now and focus on the next one."

For more reaction to Sunday's defeat CLICK HERE.

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