Aaron Ramsey has been talking about Arsenal’s second cup final in a row as well as the progression of the club and our season in general.
Speaking ahead of the FA Cup final at Wembley this weekend, Rambo revealed the pressure the club were under to win silverware last season and why he feels winning it again would be a great platform for a title challenge.
“I think it would show a lot, it would show progression,” the Welshman said.
“Obviously going that period of time without winning something, everybody associated with the club felt that pressure and wanted to get it off our backs. We did it last year and this is going to be a tough game.
“We know teams are always dangerous so we are going to have to take them seriously. I’m sure last year’s final will put us in a good place where we feel like we can go on and win the FA Cup again.”
Indeed, the pressure surrounding the club – and manager – was palpable and the Arsenal community all breathed a collective sigh of the relief (once we’d all gotten over celebrating, that is).
Ramsey, who scored the winner in the final last season, carried on to describe how positive he feels about our season and highlighted areas where we’ve progressed, as well as where we went wrong.
“In the first half of the season we couldn’t get the consistency that we all wanted and ultimately we paid the price in the Premier League,” the midfielder said.
“Our form in the second half of the season has been really good and we’re looking forward to building on that and finishing off strongly as well. I think we’ve grown as the season has gone on and that puts us in a really good position for next year. If we get off to a good start and keep the momentum going from the back end of this season to next season, we have a very good opportunity.”
Since coming back from injury, the 24-year-old has hit form again and has scored 10 goals in 40 appearances this season, including the Community Shield.
Rambo seems like one of those players who always has his head screwed on. His measured responses and calm demeanor reflect that. It’s exciting to see the players looking to next season with confidence and taking positives from this one.