By FOX SPORTS staff
Prior to their 1-1 draw with West Brom on Sunday, Arsenal picked up five wins on the trot, boosting the Gunners to the top of the Premier League table alongside Liverpool.
The outlook was not always rosy at the Emirates Stadium, after the team struggled to secure fourth place last season and kicked off the current campaign with a loss against Aston Villa.
Flamini revealed to the club's official website that Wenger's unwavering faith in his players was pivotal in the side's return to the top.
"Many people were talking outside of the club but from the inside we knew we had a lot of qualities," he shared.
"We had a difficult period but the manager never changed his philosophy and believed very strongly in this team. I’m really happy he has proved what he did was the right thing. We are trusting each other. This is the result of a lot of work. Trust is very important. The main thing is to have quality in the team but after that you need to find team spirit."
The Frenchman was re-signed by his former side this summer after four years with AC Milan and he believed the role played by defensive midfielders like himself could decide games in Arsenal's favour.
"I am not a striker, I am a defensive midfielder, protecting the defence, trying to find the best balance in the team between the defence and attack, that’s very important. For a team to be strong defensively makes all the difference. If you want to win titles, if you want to travel anywhere, you have to be strong defensively. With the qualities we have in the team I am sure we will score goals anywhere," Flamini explained.
"Defensive work is maybe a bit more difficult to see than when you score or make an assist. But it’s very important as part of the balance of the team. Winning games is a quality of effort. It’s teamwork."