Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has spoken about the motivation of what it takes to bounce back from disappointment.
The 24-year-old midfielder spoke with both long-term and immediate experience - he returned from a broken leg sustained in 2010 to become an influential member of the Arsenal squad, and more recently helped the side get back to winning ways in the Premier League.
Indeed, Ramsey played in both the defeat to West Ham and victory at Crystal Palace, and admits that all you can do is put disappointment - whether it's defeat or injury - to the back of your mind before coming back to prove the doubters wrong.
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“You’re disappointed with the result but there’s nothing you can do with that now so it’s important to put that to the back of your mind, learn from what went wrong there and focus on the next game," he told Arsenal Player.
“You have to prove what you can do and that you can get back to winning ways."
Ramsey also revealed that he likes to take his mind off football during his spare time, avoiding distractions and winding down after a game.
The Welshman enjoys a round of golf and spending time with his family away from the football pitch and believes it's important to have a solid work-life balance to get the best out of himself.
“I’m not one of those people who goes home and has to put football on the TV straight away or has to watch Sky Sports News. It’s important to take your mind off football otherwise you become too obsessed and you look into things too much.
"You could have problems when you do that, when you then go onto the pitch and play, so it’s important to take your mind off it. When you’re there and playing it’s important to focus 100 per cent on what you’re doing.
“I play golf to take my mind off [football]. I have a family who are very important in my life as well and they help me to take my mind away from it.
"When you are playing football you have to give everything and focus 100% on trying to do your best but it’s important to have the right balance.”
Arsene Wenger's side are next in action on Monday night, when Liverpool make the trip to north London, before ending the month with a trip to Newcastle.