Aaron Ramsey and Shkodran Mustafi were relieved men after Alexis’ last-gasp penalty secured us a vital victory against Burnley on Sunday.
The pair spoke to the media after the match about an incredible finish to the game, and this is what they had to say:
on how long injury time felt…AR: It was a lot of minutes to be added on but we dug in. It’s not easy when you are down to 10 men but we got what we deserved I thought, in the end.
on when it went to 1-1…SM: We played in their half for most of the game and then you are a man down - it becomes difficult. I think we did well, even when it went to 1-1. In the last few games we have played, it seems like we never give up and always come back and that is a big credit to the team.
on how the team were able to win it…AR: It is important just to keep playing. We are confident in the way we play, we know we can always create chances even with 10 men and that is shown by how many late goals we have got this year.
on Mustafi being unbeaten in 21 games…SM: I hope there are a few more coming than 21! I am happy, it is important to go game by game and try to win, it doesn’t matter if it is the Premier League or the cup or the Champions League. That is what we have been doing and that is why are dangerous until the end - because we believe in ourselves and go from game to game until the end.
on how tough it was after Xhaka was sent off…AR: Of course, they went a lot more direct, played a few more long balls and brought on Sam Vokes. He is dangerous and can bring other players into the game and that is what they tried to do. But I thought this guy next to me and the defence dealt with it pretty well in the end.
on Alexis’ panenka…AR: That just sums up the quality and the confidence that he has to do that in the last minute. hopefully he can keep scoring now until the end of the season.
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