Aaron Ramsey believes Arsenal’s home form can be the backbone of a successful season, saying he is aiming to make the Emirates Stadium a “fortress”.
The Gunners have recovered from a horrific start to the new campaign which saw them record their worst start under Arsene Wenger to string together a nine game unbeaten run that has pulled them level on points with Liverpool and Chelsea in seventh in the Barclays Premier League.
Arsenal also defied expectations to become the first English team to qualify for the knockout stages in the UEFA Champions League with a 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund and the Welshman believes they can kick on from that victory and make the Emirates an imposing place for any team to visit.
“At home we've done really well and this is the place we want to make our fortress," he said.
“Hopefully that can be the case and I'm sure we've given ourselves a good opportunity now. It's a great achievement; we're the first [English] team through and finished first as well. It's something we'll enjoy.
“We'll take it one game at a time. We feel like we can beat anybody at the moment with the form we're in so hopefully we get a good team [in the last 16] and we can progress to the next round.”
Arsenal’s recovery has been led by on-fire striker Robin Van Persie, who’s recent record of 35 goals in 36 games prompted Wenger to hail the Dutchman as “world class” and suggest he is as good as Lionel Messi.