Aaron Ramsey has called Arsenal’s win over West Brom “important” after all their top-four rivals in the Premier League won over the weekend.

Arsenal were the last of top-six clubs to play as their game against West Brom was moved to a Monday night. While Arsenal were waiting to play, all their main rivals played and won, putting Arsenal under some pressure to get the win.

They did, and Aaron Ramsey was understandably pleased. “It was a fantastic performance from us tonight,” he said, reports the Daily Mail. “After all of the results – none of them went our way at the weekend – we had to take advantage of the fact we were at home and we managed to do that.

“You’re hoping one or two of them might drop points but they’re very strong this season. It’s going to be a tough year. There’s a lot of quality from all of those teams so it was important for us to get the win tonight.

“You’re always under pressure when everybody else wins. You know that you cannot afford to drop points. We know in the Premier League that the team who can give you a very difficult night is West Brom and that’s why, for me, it was an important win.”

Arsenal are playing catch-up after back-to-back defeats to Stoke and Liverpool in August. Manchester City and Manchester United have started very well, while Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur aren’t too far away. Even at this early stage of the season, nobody can afford to drop too many points.

With five other very strong teams to compete with, getting back into the top-four will be a challenge for Arsenal this season. Having a fit and on form Aaron Ramsey will help the Gunners accomplish that.

The 26-year-old had a decent game against West Brom, playing in a more advanced role than he usually does and threatening with his runs into the box. Two goals from Alexandre Lacazette helped Arsenal to three points and their four win in five games.