Ramsey suggests Arsenal have finally dealt with 'naive' weakness

Aaron Ramsey

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey feels his team have become more difficult to break down.

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has explained in an interview for the Guardian where he feels the Gunners have been naïve in the past.

The Welshman has suggested that the Gunners have been guilty in the recent past of placing too much emphasis on attacking play, which has left them exposed on the counter attack and that could be something that Aston Villa are hoping for in the FA Cup final tomorrow.

However, Ramsey says he feels as though Arsenal have closed that down as a weakness, making them more difficult to break down while they have been fluent in attack.

“In the past we’ve been a bit too naive, maybe tried to play the way that we like a bit too much and left ourselves a bit too open at times,” he said.

“We’ve been a lot more solid this year, we haven’t given as much space to play and we’ve been quite compact. We’ve managed to take our chances at the other end and that’s a step forward. The only thing I think we need to do now is get that consistency throughout the season to challenge for the Premier League.”

Arsenal’s defeat at home against Monaco in the Champions League is a perfect example of what Ramsey seems to be getting at.

In that performance at the Emirates Stadium, Arsenal were punished as they pressed forward looking to try and create an advantage for themselves.

If they do that during the game tomorrow, it will play into Aston Villa’s hands because Tim Sherwood’s team have pace in the form of Gabby Agbonlahor and someone who can hold the ball up in the form of Christian Benteke.

If Arsenal can be consistent in terms of eradicating being too open in games, it’s something which is going to be beneficial for them in terms of the FA Cup, the League Cup, the Premier League and the Champions League in the future.

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