Interview

Ramsey - We have a lot of work to do

It was a tough night against Manchester City on Thursday as we lost 3-0 to the runaway league leaders.

Aaron Ramsey gave an honest assessment of the display afterwards, and this is what he said:

on the first half…
We had a half-decent start but we got caught out and Manchester City punish teams. They were clinical and we ended up 3-0 down. That’s why they’re top of the league and we have to accept that they’re there for a reason at the moment. We have a lot of work to do and hopefully we can start that on Sunday.

on whether City is a bogey team for us…
We’ve had some good results against Manchester City at home over the past few years. This season, they seem to have kicked on again. It’s no coincidence that they’re top of the league. They’re playing some fantastic football and they have so much quality. It’s one of those things where we have to just go again to start to pick up momentum on Sunday.

on what we need to give us a boost…
Things in football happen so quickly. We still have a lot of work to do in the league and we’re still in the next stage of the Europa League. There’s so much to play for, so hopefully we can win all our remaining games. It’ll be tough but that’s what we have to do.

on the game…
It was one of those games where it felt like we were in the game, but they punished us with three quality moves. That’s the difference at the end of the day and they’re top of the league for that reason. They punish teams so the game was over in the first half.

on whether tonight’s loss means top-four race is officially over…
No because mathematically it’s still possible. There’s 10 games left now so we have to really win every single one of them.

on the main targets for Arsenal at this stage of the season…
To win all the games, that’s our target. Hopefully we can finish in the top four with the Europa League trophy as well. Considering the situation that we’re in at the moment, that would be a very successful season for us.

on whether Europa League is top priority at the moment…
Both are equally as important. We have to get momentum going from somewhere. Hopefully we can start that on Sunday and take that into the first leg of the Europa League game.