Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has paid tribute to his teammates after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Newcastle United in the Premier League.
The Gunners are in fine domestic form, and have now won six consecutive matches in the English top flight following victory at St James' Park. Olivier Giroud scored twice in the first period to set up the victory.
Ramsey admitted it was, at times, a struggle for Arsene Wenger's side on Tyneside, but they took their chances when they arose and held firm in the final stages to secure third place - just one point behind Manchester City in second.
“It was a difficult game. In the first half we created a few opportunities and we took a couple of them," he told the official Arsenal website.
“Maybe in the second half we took our foot off the gas and they came out and made it difficult for us. We did well in the end to hang onto our victory."
Whilst domestic form has been good, Arsenal did crash out of the Champions League on away goals - despite winning and keeping a clean sheet in Monaco.
Ramsey admits that the Gunners were disappointed following the final outcome, but they took the positives from the performance in France and followed that up with victory again today (Saturday).
“[Monaco] was obviously really disappointing but we took the positives from it as well. We went over there and won 2-0 which not many teams have done. They don’t concede a lot there so we took a lot from that game," he added.
“We’re on a good run at the moment and we just wanted to keep that going today. We came away with three points and that’s another game to tick off now. We’re looking forward to meeting up with our national teams and having a little breather from club football.”
Whilst Ramsey was rightly disappointed to crash out of Europe's premier club competition, there were plenty of positives to be taken from the performance in Monaco.
As is so often the case with Arsenal, they mix the good and bad. However, in the Premier League, they are finding top form and beating the teams they need to week in, week out.
The title might be a little out of reach, but Ramsey can help push the Gunners to better things beyond the end of the current campaign.
What do you think Arsenal fans - can Aaron Ramsey help the club challenge for the title this season or next?
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