Ramsey’s Arsenal rally cry ahead of derby clash

Aaron Ramsey

Aaron Ramsey has called for Arsenal to be fired up for the north London derby against Tottenham and try to emulate past victories.

The Gunners go into Sunday’s clash at the Emirates having won the previous two home games against Spurs and Wales star Ramsey wants more of the same.

And resurgent midfielder Ramsey believes his new found confidence can help him play his part against Andre Villas Boas’ side.

Ramsey, who grabbed a brace when Arsenal beat Fenerbahce 2-0 to seal qualification to the Champions League group stages last night, said: “It’s going to be a great game. Both games are going to look forward to it. We’re at home and we’ve been successful over the last few seasons. We’ve had three good results now where we’ve been really confident and hopefully we can take that into the Spurs game.

“The 5-2s were fantastic games. They were just great games. We didn’t start off too well in those games and the way we came back and the way that we handled the game and won both games was quite special. Hopefully we can do the same again.”

Ramsey has spoken of his coolness in front of goal, which he says is aided by his upbeat mood.

He added: “I’ve always been getting into the positions, even last season, but maybe I’ve not been so composed in the shot to score the goal. I feel confident at the moment and things are just happening naturally out there. Hopefully it will continue.

“I think with the injury I had, it takes a long time to overcome that mentally. I’m over that now and I feel like I’m confident again. Things are happening naturally on the pitch so I’m feeling good out there at the moment.

“Confidence is such a big thing in this game and I feel like that’s definitely been the biggest change. Towards the back end of last season and into the new season I’ve felt so much more confident out there and I think that’s the biggest change really.”