Aaron Ramsey Hails Arsenals Heroic Manchester City Win As The Complete Performance
Aaron Ramsey hailed Arsenal”s win over Manchester City as the “complete performance” and challenged his team-mates to maintain the standard they have set.
Arsenal”s win was their first in 18 games against City, Manchester United and Chelsea,a psychological hurdle cleared that Ramsey believes can see Arsene Wenger”s side build on this season.
The Gunners are now just a point behind fourth-placed United and midfielder Ramsey believes the comprehensive manner of their win at the Etihad Stadium proves they can stand alongside the very best in the Premier League.
“I thought it was a very complete performance from us,” said Ramsey. “We defended really well as a team and were really hard to break down.
"We kept forcing them out wide, instead of the positions that David Silva and players like that like to take up in behind the midfield, and eliminated that threat.
“It was important to get a win away from home against a big team] We”ve always been confident coming into these games but we”ve been a bit too open in the past and we”ve paid the price for that.
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“This time we defended really well. We kept our team shape tight defensively and took our chances when we needed to.
“We”ve got a lot to play for this year so hopefully now we can build on this performance and that will give us even more confidence going into the business end of the season.
“We”ve shown what we”re capable of doing. We”re going to have chances in games, we”re a team that can always create opportunities to score.
"So the important thing is to defend as a team and stop teams from scoring. If we can keep a clean sheet like we did, we”re always going to have a chance to win.
“Hopefully we can keep building on this. We have an FA Cup game now, which is important. We want to retain that so it”s important to get mentally prepared for that before the league starts again.”
With Chelsea, Southampton, United, Tottenham, West Ham and Liverpool all winning, victory was vital for Arsenal to keep them within touching distance of the top four and a potential Champions League place.
“It was important to win because all the other teams won,” said Ramsey. “The pressure was on us. Manchester City have made this place a fortress over the years.
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“Not many teams come away with three points, so we”re delighted with the way we went about it and we”re happy we closed the gap.”
With Arsenal 13 points behind leaders Chelsea, Wenger”s men are out of the title race, but Ramsey said they must strive to reproduce the level of performance they did at City and see where that takes them this season.
“There”s still a long way to go in this league,” said Ramsey. “Many teams are taking points off each other. We”ll just have to concentrate on our own game and hopefully go on a big run and see where that takes us at the end.
“We”ve been in this position before, where we”ve been in a fight for fourth place, and that will only help us.
"We know what to expect and we know what we have to do to achieve that. But obviously we”re not thinking about that – we”ll just take each game as it comes and see where we end up."
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Ramsey singled out Arsenal midfielder Francis Coquelin, 24, for his disciplined and diligent display in a deep-lying midfield role, which was a key part of their shock triumph at the Emirates Stadium.
“He”s done well,” said Ramsey. “He’s at that age now where he understands the game a lot more and he”s done really well in the last few weeks. It”s funny how quickly things can change in football.
“One week he was on loan at Charlton and then he comes back in and has been in the team every week. He”s done a very good job defensively for the team. He wins it back, keeps it simple and just keeps things ticking over.
“Hopefully he can build on his performances that he has been showing of late and he”s got every chance of turning into a top defensive midfielder.”
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