Cardiff 0 Arsenal 3: Aaron Ramsey explains decision not to celebrate
Cardiff 0 Arsenal 3: Aaron Ramsey explains that he didn't celebrate his goals out of "respect" for his former club
Aaron Ramsey says that he didn’t celebrate his goals against Cardiff out of “respect” for his former club as Arsenal sealed victory in South Wales.
Ramsey headed in Mesut Özil’s cross in the 29th minute to give the Gunners the lead and was applauded by the home fans as he chose not to celebrate at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Fraizer Campbell forced a brilliant save from Wojciech Szczesny early in the second half, before Özil set up substitute Mathieu Flamini, who rifled home to make it 2-0 four minutes from time.
And midfielder Ramsey then added gloss to the scoreline when he drilled in a third in stoppage time.
“It was a nice feeling for me personally to get a great reception like I did today,” Ramsey told Sky Sports.
“Hopefully I gave something back to them with the performance that I showed today.
“This is where it all started for me. They helped me on my journey to becoming the player that I am today. Hopefully they realise that and I gave them my respect by not celebrating my goals.”
He added: “It [the first goal] was one of those moments that I’ll never forget. It was a really nice feeling for me even though I didn’t show that I was too happy with the goal.
“Everybody in the stadium showed their appreciation, so I was delighted by the reception and their reaction when I scored.”
Ramsey has been in fine form for Arsene Wenger’s men this season, scoring eight league goals to help the Gunners top the table.
And the 22-year-old feels that his improved form is largely down to an increase in confidence.
He continued: “I think it’s just confidence [that’s the difference]. I rediscovered it halfway through last season and I just carried it on through this season and hopefully that can continue.
“The confidence is flowing through this team and we’re putting in some really good performances. Things are a lot easier when the team’s playing as well as they are.”