Speaking after the win against Aston Villa yesterday, Man of the Match Aaron Ramsey looked back on his performance and expressed his opinions on Arsenal’s title chances this season (via Arsenal.com). The Gunners climbed to the top of the league after the victory, but could be displaced tonight if Leicester manage to beat Chelsea.
Ramsey was the standout performer of the game, turning in a dominant display and earning the Man of the Match award for his efforts. The Welshman was a lively presence throughout, contributing in both offence and defence as exemplified by his goal – the player started the counter attack by dispossessing a Villa player and also finished it off after Mesut Ozil’s final pass.
Ramsey highlighted the importance of the win, saying, “It was really important to finish off a good week for us. We did the job today. We took advantage of the possibility of going top of the league again so we’re delighted with that.
“It was nice to be there to finish the move. It was a great move from us. We saw them losing [the ball] as an opportunity to get forward and it was a great ball by Theo in the first place. Then the vision of Ozil to play me in for a simple tap in was delightful as well. I’m delighted that I could finish it off. That’s part of the job in the middle – to win tackles as well. I’m delighted with how I started it.
“Of course we believe that we have an opportunity [to win the league]. We’ve shown so far what we are capable of doing and we just have to continue what we’re doing now. This is a busy part of the season so we have to maintain our focus and belief, get through this period and who knows what can happen in the second half. We know that we can challenge for trophies and we’ll be up for it as well.”
Belief is at an all time high around the club following a great start to the month, and as more of our players return from injury we should be able to cement our position in the Premier League. From then, it is a matter of maintaining our form while competing in different tournaments. Ramsey will be one of the key pieces in the manager’s plan, especially after his recent displays, and hopefully the Welshman gets to play more centrally in the future as well.