After Arsenal dispatched Sp*rs 3-1 in the North London derby on Saturday, Aaron Ramsdale spoke to the press afterwards and made it clear that the pain of last season’s final few games are a serious motivational factor this time around.
The 24 year old had plenty of time to think about what to say as he was completely untroubled by the opposition during the second half, and if the win at the weekend felt like some small measure of revenge for what happened at White Hart Lane last May, there’s plenty more to come.
“We spoke about it before the game, to play the game and not the occasion and that’s what we did,” he said.
“The experiences at the end last season are adding to our team spirit and mentality.
“It’s not just the lads who have come in who have brought this winning mentality. We all have this fire burning inside because of what happened at the end of last season.
“Any time something has happened this season — Fulham, Leicester, when we concede a goal — it is like we have scored a goal with the noise the fans are making and it gives us a boost. It is a never-say-die attitude, the way I would word it is a ‘F*ck-it mentality’. Who cares we have conceded?
“We have got 10 minutes, 70 minutes, we will play our way. We never run out of time. That is the big thing for us and the manager — we don’t stop working.”
The importance of the game wasn’t lost on him either. A win for Sp*rs would have seen them leapfrog us in the table, but the win ensured we remained top of the league, despite the best efforts of a rampant Man City.
“After the international break it was huge for us to get three points,” continued Ramsdale.
“We’ve a tough run until the World Cup so, yeah it was a lovely afternoon and the fans can celebrate over the weekend.
“It’s huge. Every game is tough in the Premier League. At the minute there are some results right now that you wouldn’t think would be happening in today’s games.
“Every game is tough, but when it’s a local rival and also a rival at the top of the table, it’s definitely a step in the right direction.”