Aaron Ramsey says Arsenal can leave Istanbul happy after their 4-1 demolition of Galatasaray even though it wasn’t enough to secure them top spot in Group D.
The Gunners blitzed their Turkish hosts with three goals in the opening 29 minutes as they shook off Saturday’s defeat at Stoke City to record a first away victory on Champions League Matchday 6 since 1999.
Speaking to Sky Sports after the game, Ramsey did his best Michael Owen impression, reflecting in that frightfully dull way of his:
“We came here wanting to win and we managed to do that. We’re happy that we won the game. We finished off on a high in the group stages and now we’re looking forward to seeing who we’re up against in the next round.
“We looked dangerous every time we went forward tonight which was pleasing. We scored a few goals, which is always nice. We took full advantage of the opportunities, so it was nice to get the four goals that we scored today.
“We came here with a few players making their first [first] team appearance tonight. It was nice to come here tonight and nearly come away with what we needed to come top. It wasn’t to be and we finished off strongly so we’re pleased with that.”
He may have nearly broken the net with the second of his two goals, but the Welshman claimed that this evening’s stunning 30-yard volley didn’t top his strike away at Norwich last season.
“The ball came to the edge of the box and I thought ‘why not have a go’ so I had a go and thankfully it went in.
“It’s up there,” continued Ramsey when pressed as to whether it was his best ever goal. “I like the Norwich goal.”
Taken off at half time Ramsey admitted he had a tight hamstring but stressed that he’d recover in time for Saturday’s game with Newcastle.
UPDATE – Ramsey returned to speak to Sky Sports 40 minutes after the first interview having watched his strike back on video. He’s now claiming, it was definitely the best goal he’s ever scored.
“I’ve seen it back and it was definitely the best goal I’ve scored. I thought it was a lot closer on the pitch. I can confirm that’s the best goal I’ve scored.”