Aaron Ramsey helped Arsenal to a 2-0 win on Sunday, having a hand in both first half goals against Bournemouth at Dean Court.

Playing in the middle of the park, the Welshman exerted his influence throughout the first half to win the ball more times than any other player on the pitch. It was a great showing, and he feels it was the opening 45 minutes which sealed the result, taking the Gunners to within five points of Leicester City.

“We needed it badly, we realised what Leicester did yesterday and we needed to close that gap so it was important to get back to winning ways. We put in a shift and the game was won in the first half really,” Ramsey told Sky immediately after the match.

Four Premier League games without an Arsenal win had left the Gunners in fourth and eight points adrift of Leicester. Ahead of next Sunday’s match against the Foxes, picking up all three points was required, and we got the job done.

“There was no room for error today and I think the boys responded really well,” Ramsey added. “We got back to winning ways and we have a big game against them next week.

“I’m sure that’ll be one that everyone will be interested in seeing, hopefully we can keep this winning run now that we’re on it.”