Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has claimed that the Gunners have to beat Aston Villa and win the FA Cup on Saturday for our season to be deemed a success.
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Ramsey, who was quoted by the Evening Standard, believes that there is a thin line between success and failure and agrees that retaining the famous trophy is a must, despite our third place finish in the Premier League.
“If we do go on to win then it would be a successful season,” he agreed. “Getting third in the League and not having to qualify for the Champions League, that also helps. At the beginning of the season you’re not playing the two extra games, so I think it’s fair to say that.”
It was a slow start to the season for Ramsey and co but we’ve been comfortably the best team in the country over the last four or five months, with our nine consecutive victories propelling us back into title contention. Ultimately, Chelsea could not be caught, but there are plenty of positives to take from the campaign thus far.
However, to end the season empty-handed – and without reward for a brilliant second-half of the season – would be extremely disappointing, as Ramsey explains…
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“We’re in another final this year which takes some doing,” he added. “Back-to-back finals are not an easy thing to achieve. In the second half of the season we have shown the form that we need throughout the season to win this League.
“We certainly showed we are capable of going on these big runs and not losing too many games. If we can just show that consistency throughout the season then we’ll be challenging for the Premier League and that’s what we’ll be looking to do next year. We’ll have a great opportunity of doing that.”
Last season’s FA Cup victory over Hull City – which ended a near decade-long trophy drought – was expected to be a stepping stone to bigger things this time around. It hasn’t proved quite as decisive as we might have hoped, but the prospect of retaining the title we won last year should be more than enough to appease everyone.
“I think it is the biggest moment of my career so far,” said Ramsey, recalling last year’s final. “It’s definitely up there to score a winner in the FA Cup Final. It’s everybody’s dream and I managed to live it. With the pressure that has been put on this club, it was such a nice feeling of relief to finally win something after all those years.
“I’m sure some of the fans would like it done a bit easier next time. Hopefully, that will be the case tomorrow. We’ve experienced what it’s like now, going a few goals behind early in the game, but we still believed in ourselves and our ability to get through it.”