Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud reacted to tonight’s 3-3 draw with Bournemouth in an interview with Sky Sports. Here’s what they had to say.
Was it a draw that felt like a win after the comeback?
Giroud: Honest, at the end of the game I felt like we could score the winner. Obviously when you are 3-0 down and you come back with strong character, always playing our game, believing in our qualities … but it’s a shame we conceded three goals like that.
We should not have done those kind of mistakes, so we’ve done well to come back but honestly it’s very frustrating. Hopefully we can learn from our mistakes today.
Frustrating first half. Did you see a way back?
Ramsey: It’s difficult when you start off like that but we had to keep playing and show some character and out there, be brave and do the right things, but overall we’re disappointed with the way we started and to only come away with a point.
Giroud, another goal, not as spectacular. Did it feel as significant?
Giroud: A goal is a goal, the scorpion one was not two goals, so I’m pleased to help the team to score the equaliser, but I’m still a bit disappointed.
It’s nice to be back in the game, but the way we played in the end, even if we were against 10 men, made me think we should have done better. At least we came back, we showed great mental strength.
What message does this comeback send to the rest of the league?
Ramsey: We’re prepared to fight until the end, but it’s going to be difficult now, we’re a few points behind. Hopefully there’ll be a few more twists and turns, we can be pleased with the character but we’re still disappointed.
Bournemouth’s red – was it a red?
Ramsey: I don’t know, all I know was the tackle was a bit rash, I’ll have to look at it again.
A great comeback – but was it two points dropped?
Giroud: Yeah, as I told you we wanted to carry on our run after two wins at home, we bounced back after two disappointing results. Tonight it was a bad start, so we have to focus on the next game and not make the same the mistakes.
At the end of the day it’s an ok point because it’s hard to come back from 3-0 down to 3-3.