Aaron Ramsey spoke post-Newcastle about the importance of patience, the difficulty of playing against 10 men and the unpredictability of the Premier League.
Although you’d assume it’s easier for 11 men to play against 10, Arsenal found it pretty difficult when Newcastle had Moussa Sissoko sent off in the 16th minute on Saturday.
Since the game, Wenger and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain have actually spoken about how it can be quite difficult to play against 10 men and Rambo has done the same.
“Sometimes it’s more difficult to play against 10 men because they dropped off quite deep and it was quite difficult to break down,” he said.
“It was important just to be quite solid at the back, not to give them too many chances which we didn’t, to be patient and to take our chance where it came. Fortunately we were able to do that.”
Our patience clearly paid off and we won all three points, which has turned out to be more important than originially anticipated due to both Chelsea and Mancester United losing their fixtures.
Rambo went on to talk about the unpredictability of the Premier League and how one bad result can turn the table on its head.
“So many things can happen in the league,” the midfielder said. “My view is to look at the table after 10 games and then see where everyone is then. So many things can happen.
“Hopefully that will be our only upset, the one at the beginning of the season, and if we go on a winning run to win our next five or six games, then maybe we’ll be there or thereabouts again. It’s important to just concentrate on what we can do.
“You can’t take too much into how the table’s looking so far. Teams are going to have upsets and hopefully the opening-day upset will be our only one for a long time.
“We’re happy with the win before the international break, and now I have a big week for Wales.”
The break has come at a good time. Our players can regroup, calm down after the initial anxiety of the last few fixtures and hopefully come back ready to continue winning.