Aaron Ramsey has finally started to show some semblance of the player he was last season, and claims that despite our disappointing Champions League exit we can still have a successful season, as reported on Arsenal’s official website.
Our Champions League loss over two legs against AS Monaco was certainly frustrating, especially given the way we played in the first game at the Emirates. It was the same old story – giving ourselves a mountain to climb in the first leg, and then falling just short with a valiant effort in the second.
As Ramsey rightly points out, however, there is still the potential for this season to prove somewhat successful for the club.
“We still have the FA Cup to go for and we’re in a good position in that,” he is quoted as saying.
“There’s still going to be twists and turns in the season so we just have to concentrate on our games and take full advantage of the points that are up for grabs.
“Hopefully other teams slip up. We’re still on for a successful season.
“There’s only a one-point difference between the top two [second and third place] now, so anything can happen. We have nine games left so if we go ahead and win the remaining games, I’m sure we can achieve something.”
We have a fantastic chance of retaining the FA Cup, with a Wembley clash against Championship side Reading the only thing standing between us and the final.
We are also just a point behind second placed Manchester City, who have been displaying extremely erratic form as of late.
Our form has been fantastic recently, and only Liverpool have bettered us in that regard.
Although mathematically it is still easily possible for us to clinch the Premier League title, it’s hard to see Chelsea throwing away the lead they have amassed.
Lifting the FA Cup combined with a second or third placed finish however, would be a successful season as far as I’m concerned.