Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey: We took the positives from Monaco clash

The Wales international has admitted that the Gunners were motivated to get three points at Newcastle after European disappointment.

Arsenal’s chances of finishing in the Premier League top four received another boost yesterday as Arsene Wenger’s men beat Newcastle 2-1.

The Gunners will hope to qualify for next season’s Champions League, especially given the nature of their elimination from the European competition this term.

The North London side exited at the round of 16 once more, with French side Monaco surprisingly knocking Arsenal out.

Aaron Ramsey admitted in the aftermath of victory at St James’ Park that the Gunners had taken the positives from their Monaco ordeal and that it was a driving reason to ensure the team won on Tyneside.

“It was a difficult game; in the first half we created a few opportunities and we took a couple of them,” Ramsey told the Arsenal site.

“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.”

With eight games remaining, Arsenal have tallied 60 points and are sitting pretty in third place.

As Manchester United and Liverpool do battle this afternoon, the Gunners can afford to look up rather than down, with the knowledge that at least one top four rival is set to drop points.

Ramsey has had his injury concerns this season but made his 16th Premier League start of the campaign in central midfield alongside Francis Coquelin in yesterday’s victory.

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