Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is hoping his side can now go on a run of victories following their 2-1 success over Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Damien Delaney's own goal proved the difference between the two sides after Joel Ward cancelled out Olivier Giroud's volley in the first-half, and the win has the Gunners back on track after their 2-0 defeat to West Ham last weekend.
Ramsey is in no doubt that this was a much better performance at Selhurst Park, particularly when defending set-pieces, and he's now looking to string some results together in a bid to move towards the top of the table at this early stage.
"I think we were much better today defensively as a team. We showed that we defended the set-plays really well. We should have done that on the opening day but today we did and we can take the positives from that and hopefully we can go on a run," he said, according to the official Arsenal website.
The Welshman also admitted that defeat to the Hammers in their opening fixture was a wake-up call to the Arsenal side, particularly after such a good pre-season, but he's hopeful that it serves as a reminder to everyone in the squad that there are no easy games in the Premier League.
West Ham effect
"We did really well at the back end of last season. We had a good pre-season and then there is always disappointment in defeat but that might be a blessing in disguise (because) we now know how hard it is. You have to compete every game and we managed to do that today, we put in the effort and we got our rewards," he added.
"It was very hot and humid and that definitely showed in the last half an hour or 20 minutes. We were under pressure but we managed to dig in. We needed that after the first-day defeat."
24-year-old Ramsey has now started both of Arsenal's fixtures in central midfield, despite spending much of last season playing in a wider role at the request of Wenger.
Despite competition for places being fierce in the Gunners squad this season, the former Cardiff City starlet appears to be the first choice alongside Francis Coquelin in the position and will hope to start against Liverpool when they make the trip to the Emirates Stadium next Monday.
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