Ramsey puts Arsenal resurgence down to defence
By Football News
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has put his side's good run of form down to an improvement in defensive performances.
Arsene Wenger's side beat London neighbours Fulham 1-0 at Craven Cottage on Saturday to move into third place in the Premier League, with the Welshman saying the team are now defending more as a unit, helping them to pick up 16 points from the last 18.
Ramsey reserved special praise for centre-back duo Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, who scored Arsenal's decisive goal on Saturday.
He told the club's official website: "We're defending high up. Communication is good between the team and the two of them. Everyone is working for each other at the moment and I think everyone can see that.
"They were up for the battle and they topped off a good week for themselves."
Ramsey also spoke of his pleasure at being able to grind out a result despite the Gunners not being at their best at times and Fulham's strong record at Craven Cottage.
"It was important to win the game," he added. "We've given a lot in every game we've played this week and maybe that showed at times here. We weren't as fluid as we normally are but we dug in, kept a clean sheet and were up for the fight again.
"In the last couple of seasons, it's always been tough and it was no different again here. We kept a clean sheet and scored the goal so we're delighted."