Aaron Ramsey says Arsenal could have beaten Everton if the game had gone on slightly longer due to the momentum they had generated.
Trailing 2-0 after 83 minutes, the midfielder tapped home his third goal of the season before Oliver Giroud’s header snatched a point for Arsène Wenger’s side right at the end.
Ramsey believes the result will give Arsenal a real boost ahead of Wednesday’s decisive Champions League qualifier against Besiktas.
“We’ve been saying to the press all week that we needed to start the game well and keep ourselves in the game,” Ramsey told Arsenal Player.
“Unfortunately we didn’t do that but we showed great spirit and kept going. We scored two goals in the last 10 minutes and if anything it looked like we could go on to win it.
“We pressed higher up in the second half. The gaps weren’t as big between [the midfield] and the defence so that was important for us to get on the front foot again.
“The only disappointing thing is that we conceded two early goals again which we did a couple of times last season. But this time we showed great character in getting back into the game.
The 23-year-old midfielder went on to talk about the Gunner’s next game against Besiktas at home on Wednesday night, citing the importance of the Gunner’s second leg Champions League play-off clash against the Turkish side after a rather disappointing goalless first leg tie at the Olympic stadium in Turkey last week Tuesday.
“Besiktas is going to be big. It’s an important game for us as we want to qualify for the group stage. All the lads will have the right rest and hopefully go into the game really positively and come away with a win.
The importance of a win in the Besiktas tie cannot be overemphasized as a loss against Slaven Bilic’s men would put an end to the Gunners would be 17th successive Champions League qualification record. And although Ramsey would be unavailable for the encounter following a red card he picked up in the first leg, the in-form midfielder in hopeful that the rest of his team would do all it take to ensure victory for the club.
The return of Mesut Ozil and Per Mertesacker would sure be a boost to the team as they were previously unavailable for in the first leg. But the in-certainty on the availability of the club’s top forward Olivier Giroud is in seriously question after the Frenchman picked up an injury in our hard-fought 2-2 draw against Everton over the weekend.