If anyone epitomised the effort that Arsenal put in to beat Manchester United 2-0 yesterday, it was Aaron Ramsey.
The midfielder ran further than any other player, covering almost 13k in the 90 minutes, but also produced a defensive effort that contributed hugely to the win.
For a player more known for his attacking ability to complete 8 of 9 tackles illustrates how hard he and the team worked, and their reward for that was a victory, a clean sheet, and three points which moved us into the top four.
Speaking afterwards, the Welsh international was keen to praise his teammates for the effort.
“I think to a man we left everything out on the pitch and we worked our socks off,” he said.
“We created a few opportunities in the first half hour of the game and I thought we controlled the game very well.
“We know that we’re strong at home and we’re on a good run, so hopefully that can continue.”
Touching on his own performance, the 28 year old used the fact it was going to be his last Arsenal game against an old rival as motivation.
“I knew that before the game so I really wanted to go out there today and put in a big performance and help my teammates as much as possible.
“We managed to do that and it’s probably my last game against them in an Arsenal shirt, so I’m just glad we won and we’ve put ourselves in a great position to finish the season strongly and get into the top four.
“We know that no game is easy in the Premier League so we’re going to have to be at it every single time.
“We’ve got to keep going, keep believing and we’ll see where we finish at the end of the season.”