Aaron Ramsey feels the Gunners needed to gain more from their matches against the big sides in the Premier League this season, and has called for them to be more ‘streetwise’ next campaign.
The Gunners lost against Chelsea, Liverpool, Man City, Everton and Man United away from home this season, many of them thrashings that saw them drop out of the title race.
Ramsey, among other star players, have missed large chunks of the season through injuries and although it has heavily handicapped the squad the Welshman feels it’s part and parcel of the game.
With the FA Cup on the horizon, the Arsenal midfield maestro feels if they can triumph at Wembley next month it will help get the monkey off their back and be a springboard for a more promising campaign next season.
Ramsey told Sky Sports News:
We’ve had a lot of injuries to key players at the same time which did affect us, but that’s football. Things happen like that.
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Obviously you do have thoughts going through your mind about what could have been.
The only games that have let us down this year are against the top-five away from home: if we’d managed to nick a couple of results against Manchester City, Liverpool, Everton and Chelsea the gap would have been a lot smaller and we’d have been right there.
That’ll be something to improve on next season – we’ll need to be more streetwise in those games.
We’re hungrier than ever to win this trophy, and hopefully that’ll be the trophy to kick off very successful seasons in the near future.
Arsenal have definitely got to improve in the bigger matches, they did manage some impressive feats this season, beating Borussia Dortmund away from home, but their only other wins against the top sides have been at home and they’ve failed to replicate their successes away from the Emirates.
The thrashing at Chelsea especially not only lost them three points but brutally damaged their confidence and it took a number of weeks to gain that back. Luckily they’ve had a helping hand from Everton who’ve managed to lose two games in their last three, but they must improve on fourth place next season. The FA Cup can be the start of something great, if they can finish the job.