Friday, 8 November 2013

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey warns title race rivals they are only getting started

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey warns title race rivals they are only getting started

Midfield goal-machine feels the Gunners usually do better in second half of seasons than the first - and the stats confirm it
Kneely men: Will Ramsey and Arsenal do better than fourth this season?
Kneely men: Will Ramsey and Arsenal do better than fourth this season?
Aaron Ramsey has insisted his Arsenal team HAVE got the staying power to become Premier League champions.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney has stoked up the pressure ahead of Sunday’s title crunch at Old Trafford by claiming Arsenal would “fade away” after February.
But Ramsey warned that the Gunners’ form in the second half of seasons is “second to none” and that their biggest problem in recent years has been making poor starts.
Arsenal go to Manchester five points clear at the top, have picked up more points than any other team in the calendar year (see below) and Ramsey says they can definitely last the pace.
The Welsh midfielder said: “I think the boss said the other day that, from January, we’re the team in the league who have picked up the most points.
“I don’t think our form has been that bad after Christmas.
“In the last few seasons, we’ve had to dig in and get a load of points to get fourth place. We’ve managed to do that.
“Our biggest problem over the last few seasons has been starting off well. But we’ve managed to do that this season. If we get ourselves into a strong position then our ability to get as many points as we can in the run-in has been second to none.
“We had a fantastic run-in to last season and after the disappointment of the opening game of the season we managed to build on that and keep it going.
“If we can do that now and keep it going up until Christmas then we know that we have the ability to compete. So far we’ve shown we’ve got what it takes.
“We’ve got a massive game now at Manchester United and in the past few seasons we’ve struggled to go there and get a good result so hopefully we’ll feel a lot more confident and this will be the time when we do manage to do that.”

 Arsenal have come through the first two parts of their tough week, having beaten Liverpool on Saturday and now Borussia Dortmund.
They now go to Old Trafford, with Ramsey believing they can make another strong statement.
The Gunners' match-winner in Germany said: “It’s going to be another massive game. This was always going to be a big week for us. We couldn’t have got off to a better start. Hopefully we can go to Old Trafford and finish the job off.
“That (winning) would be massive. We’re feeling really confident at the moment. We’re on good form in the league as well, so why not go there and win?
“There’s no fear of going there, absolutely not. They’ve had a bit of a rough start. They’ve had a few good results, they’re getting their confidence back up but we’re really confident ourselves. Our away record has been really good so hopefully we can continue building on that.”

Premier League 2013 calendar year table

Manchester United2817655328+2557
Manchester City2817475626+3055
Aston Villa2897124142-134
West Ham2989123138-733
West Brom2878133542-729
Crystal Palace10109621-153

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