Aaron Ramsey says the mistake he made which led to Man City’s goal was ‘painful’ but that he tried his hardest to make up for it as the Gunners looked to hold Pep Guardiola’s side to just the one strike.
The Welshman gave the ball away on the edge of the City box, but it was the first of a number of errors which saw Aguero score. Xhaka and Monreal were caught too far upfield, and Petr Cech didn’t cover himself in glory either.
Speaking afterwards, Ramsey said, “I made the mistake for their goal, that was painful for myself, but I know in these situations that you have to respond to it and you can’t let these things get to you.
“I carried on going and trying to work my socks off, get into position and tackle and you know, ultimately, it paid off.
“It was important to win to have something to look forward to at the end of the season but now we have another seven cup finals to try and finish off and get into that top four.
“We know we’re more than capable of doing that and winning every single game but we’re going to have to be so focussed in every single minute.”
He also reiterated his comments from a few weeks ago about how the players have to take their share of responsibility for poor performances and results this season.
With regards to the manager he continued, “We’ve let him down at times this season.
“But he’s kept believing in us and the quality we have and we wanted to get to the final and now hopefully we can go on and win it for him and for ourselves.
“I absolutely love this competition we’ve been quite successful in recent years and you can see the passion that the players play with.”
Replays show that Ramsey was still wearing socks at the end, but he did play his part in a hard-working Arsenal performance, one that sees them through to Wembley for the final on May 27th.