Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey believes their final ball let the side down during their goalless draw to Everton at the Emirates Stadium on Tuesday night.
Arsenal were sitting in third ahead of London rivals Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea, but failed to capitalise on their game in hand as they were held by the Toffees, who themselves are also fighting for a Champions League spot.
The draw means the Gunners are still in third, but only two points above their London rivals, who both have games in hands over Arsenal.
It was a hard-fought affair at the Emirates with tackles flying in right from the get-go, but neither side were able to break the deadlock and chances fell few and far between.
One of the impressive displays came from Arsenal's midfield man Aaron Ramsey and he believes their final ball was a disappointment and the main reason why they couldn't get the vital goal they were craving.
Ramsey also revealed the frustration left in the home side's dressing room after the draw, but believes the side can still finish in the top-four as they look to extend their unbeaten run when they face Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.
“We're a bit frustrated,” Ramsey told Arsenal Player.
“We battled hard. They are a well-organised team. We tried to break them down and we managed to do it a couple of times, especially in the second half.
“We didn't quite get that final ball right but the lads gave a massive effort tonight and we looked pretty solid at the back as well in the second half and didn't give them too much.
“We're happy with the way we battled and performed but disappointed with the final ball and [not] getting that goal.
“This was our game in hand and it was important not to lose it. We wanted to win it but credit to them, they were quite well organised and on another night, we may have got a couple of goals where the final ball would have been better.
“You have these sort of nights and that's when it's important to stay solid and compact and not give them anything.
“We've kept the unbeaten run going tonight and hopefully now we can go into the weekend against Fulham and get back to winning ways.
“Last year it came down to the last game as well so it's important to keep focusing on our performances and our results and we'll see where we are at the end of the season.”
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