Aaron Ramsey hopes Arsenal’s latest failure in the Champions League acts as a kick up the bum for the rest of the season.
The Gunners currently sit third in the Premier League, sandwiched by the two Manchester clubs and trailing table toppers Chelsea by seven points, and also have a semi-final date at Wembley to look forward as they defend their FA Cup crown.
Eager to finish the season on a high after last night’s away goals exit at the hands of Monaco, Ramsey reflected:
“We could take some positives from the Monaco performance, and hopefully we can get back on track against Newcastle this weekend and we can keep that running run we are on.
“Many things can happen in the Premier League still, with many twists and turns. We will be looking to concentrate on ourselves and take full advantage of the games we do have left.
“We are also in a good position in the FA Cup. We have Reading (in the semi-finals), which we will feel confident of going through.”
While talk of a title challenge is pretty desperate, it’s not inconceivable that we might achieve our best league finish in ten years. The Gunners have won 20 of their last 25 games in all competitions, a run that sees them second in the form table behind Liverpool.
Meanwhile, Spanish left back Nacho Monreal bemoaned the club’s exit from Europe last night.
“Man, I thought shit was gonna be different this season,” he said. “I was straight up horn-dogging over a continental triumph.
“Now I’m all like … woah, this is not how it’s supposed to be. This is NOT how it’s supposed to be.”