‘I’m as much a fan as anybody’ – Ex-Arsenal star hopeful Arteta can end title drought

‘I’m as much a fan as anybody’ – Ex-Arsenal star hopeful Arteta can end title drought

Former Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey is desperate to see Mikel Arteta lead the Gunners to the Premier League title this season.

The north London outfit last lifted the trophy in the 2003/04 campaign, when the famous ‘Invincibles’ went the entire season without losing a match.

The current squad have lost three games, but are sitting pretty at the top of the table, eight points ahead of Manchester City in second. The Manchester outfit do, however, have a game in hand over league leaders Arsenal.

With many fans calling for Arteta to be sacked in his early stages, the boss has turned things around dramatically, and is now a much-loved figure at the Emirates.

Ramsey wants Arsenal success

Ramsey has plenty of reason to cheer on Arteta, with the pair having played together for the Gunners for many years.

They lifted the FA Cup together, and Ramsey is eager to see his former teammate clinch success in the league this time around in the dugout, as reported by LiveScore.

When discussing Arsenal winning the Premier League, Ramsey said: “It would be absolutely great. It is still a massive part of me. I spent 10, 11 years there and for them to go on and win the league, I’m as much a fan as anybody.

“I still know so many players and members of staff there. The fans deserve it.”

Arteta praises Welsh operation

Along with their close links from their time on the pitch, the duo have also forged a close bond in recent times after Arteta studied his coaching badges in Wales.

Following Gareth Bale’s retirement, Ramsey is now captain of his national team, and has revealed that he and Arteta often discussed the successful operation that Wales are running.

The nation have often overperformed at major tournaments, overcoming some of the biggest teams in world football in recent times.

“You could see his leadership qualities and the way that he handled himself was second to none,” added Ramsey. “What he is doing now, definitely, you could see he was always going to be a manager one day, the way he thought and saw the game and how intense he was as well.

“It is absolutely unbelievable what he has done there, what they are doing at the moment.”

And discussing the FA Wales, Ramsey noted: “We used to talk about it and he would tell me how impressed he was with the Welsh set-up, their methods and the way that they go about things.”


Arsenal ready for final push

The international break is currently breaking up the Premier League campaign, but it will return very shortly, with Arsenal hosting Leeds on April 1.

A huge meeting with Liverpool follows shortly after, with the Gunners also taking on Man City and Chelsea in what will undoubtedly be a season-defining month. If that wasn’t busy enough already, Arteta’s men also have fixtures against West Ham and Southampton in April.

Like all connected with Arsenal, Ramsey will be following each match closely, cheering on Arteta and his entire squad of hugely talented players.

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