Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been speaking about his wonderful day in Instanbul. Expressing his delight at the wonder goal, Ramsey also praised his teammates and stood up for his manager. Asked about Wenger, Ramsey said that he thought some of the criticism Wenger has been receiving is ‘unfair’ and that the players all stand behind him.
This only confirms what was obvious from the start, Wenger is going nowhere. The fans may rant and hold up as many banners as they like, but the players and the management believe that Wenger is the right man to take the club forward, and that is all that matters.
Speaking to arsenal.com, Ramsey said:
It was obviously a disappointing first half [at Stoke], but we did well in the second half and almost got back into it. It was important to bounce back from that defeat and we did that.
Every player here wants to work hard for [the manager], we proved that again on Tuesday night. He has been under some unfair criticism, but we are all out there, we are in it together. We wanted to get the result for us and for him.
I think whenever we go into a game, he knows our qualities, always believes in us and gives us a great feeling for matches. Every time we go out there we are representing ourselves, our club and our manager.
Ramsey was on the scoresheet during the 3-2 loss to Stoke as well, and has now scored three goals in two games. Hopefully this means that he is returning to the levels of form that we saw from him last season. This could be just what the team needs to find their rhythm again.
I have seen it back, and it is definitely the best I have scored. As soon as I hit it, I thought it had a chance of going in and thankfully it went into the top corner.
I like playing in Istanbul – I have scored a few goals here now and I would like to play here every week if I could!
Now we need to look forward to the weekend game against Newcastle. The Magpies are no pushovers, and their defeat of the unbeaten (until then) Chelsea showed that the team is not short of quality players. Their defence seems a whole lot more confident than ours at the moment, and it could well become a game of attrition at the Emirates. The confidence gained from the win against Galatasaray should help people like Ramsey and Podolski however, and if they play we could surely win the game.