Aaron Ramsey says Arsenal took the positives from Tuesday’s Champions League exit at Monaco into the 2-1 win at Newcastle United.

Olivier Giroud scored twice in the first half to give Arsène Wenger’s side a valuable three points at St James’ Park on Saturday afternoon.

The victory was the Gunners’ 14th of the calendar year and Ramsey was pleased with a hard-fought three points.

We’re on a good run at the moment and we just wanted to keep that going today

“It was a difficult game,” the Wales midfielder said. “In the first half we created a few opportunities and we took a couple of them.

“Maybe in the second half we took our foot off the gas and they game out and made it difficult for us. We did well in the end to hang onto our victory.

“[Monaco] was obviously really disappointing but we took the positives from it as well. We went over there and won 2-0 which not many teams have done. They don’t concede a lot there so we took a lot from that game.

“We’re on a good run at the moment and we just wanted to keep that going today. We came away with three points and that’s another game to tick off now. We’re looking forward to meeting up with our national teams and having a little breather from club football.”

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Nik Brumsack 21 Mar 2015