Ramsey confident Arsenal will pass Champions League test

Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey has predicted Arsenal will qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Arsene Wenger’s side travel to face Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday, having lost the home game against the Germans with a later away goal in a 2-1 defeat at the Emirates.

And the Gunners get the chance to gain revenge against Jurgen Klopp’s side with Ramsey in buoyant mood that he can help his side get through.

Ramsey scored a stunning goal in a 2-0 win over Liverpool in the Premier League on Saturday and he says the players go in to the vital clash in confident mood.

He said: “We are confident. There were periods in the game when we felt very dominant and maybe could have scored a few but we will be a bit more streetwise going over there.

“Dortmund have a very organised team and a real work ethic. They also have a world-class striker in Lewandowski. They were runners-up in the Champions League last season so they know what the competition is all about.

“The atmosphere in their stadium is tremendous but you want to be playing in these sorts of atmospheres. Everyone in the team will be looking forward to it. We don’t go anywhere with fear – we will approach it the same as any other game. It is a massive week and one that we are looking forward to.”

Ramsey argues that Arsenal should have nicked a point in the north London encounter against Dortmund when a last-gasp Lewandowski goal denied the home side a draw.

He added: “I thought we played well enough to get something from the home game. The group is wide open again. It is going to be tough but we are still confident we can qualify.

“We have been to Dortmund in the past and drew there after we conceded a late goal. We have experienced what it is like there and we know it can be a very intimidating place to play. I am sure we have the quality and the players to get a good result and put ourselves back in control of the group.

“In the game at Emirates, we were a bit naïve – it should have at least finished as a draw. We switched off and they caught us on a counter-attack in the last 10 minutes and we paid the price, which will happen at this level. We will learn from that.”