Aaron Ramsey is hoping to inspire the struggling Arsenal side to Champions League qualification and to a Wembley FA Cup final after returning to the side on Sunday.
The only positive from the demoralizing 3-0 loss to Everton was the return of Ramsey who had been out since Boxing Day with a troublesome thigh injury, and looked energized and up for it.
He’s now one of the favourites to score at Wembley (if you were after some betting tips) and the Welsh Wizard is aiming to do all he can to push his side forward after a disappointing run of results.
He told Arsenal’s official website of his pleasure to be back in the picture after three months on the sidelines:
It was very frustrating for me to be out for three months of the season when things were looking so good.
These things happen in football and I am just glad to be back out there now. Hopefully I can show what I can do, help this team achieve Champions League football again and hopefully have a medal at the end of the year.
Ramsey also expressed his disappointment at Sunday’s result and feels the Gunners cannot afford the defensive frailties that cost them dearly against Everton.
The Toffees now have the advantage with a game in hand and just one point separating the two, but with a difficult set of fixtures for Roberto Martinez’s side anything can happen.
Ramsey has called for a response from his team mates and concentration on gaining maximum points from the remaining five fixtures.
We are really disappointed. It was a massive game – there was a lot riding on it but we conceded some sloppy goals. We were quite vulnerable on the counter-attack and they exploited the opportunities.
I thought we started quite positively, we had a few attempts and got into dangerous positions, but you can’t concede goals like that.
We have to pick ourselves back up now. We have still got a lot of points to play for. We are in the semi-final of the FA Cup so we have got to put things right.
We have to put a strong run-in together now. We have five games left and we will aim to win them all to give us the best opportunity to finish fourth or higher.
I think Everton still have a few difficult games but then again every game is difficult in this league. So many teams can upset each other so we will have to be aware of that, concentrate on ourselves and just play for the remaining 15 points.
Arsenal certainly have their work cut out again for the run-in, a pressure they’ve completely put themselves under after a series of lackluster performances.
The return of Ramsey will inject some much needed flair and confidence in a side that is struggling for both. They must provide a much improved performance this weekend against Wigan otherwise we will have taken a step back rather than progressing as we should’ve this campaign.