Aaron Ramsey criticises Arsenal’s defending after Everton loss
Aaron Ramsey criticises Arsenal's defending after the Gunners were beaten by Everton at Goodison Park
Aaron Ramsey criticised Arsenal’s defending after the Gunners were comprehensively beaten by Everton on Sunday.
The north London side found themselves 2-0 down at half-time thanks to goals from Steven Naismith and Romelu Lukaku at Goodison Park, before a Mikel Arteta own-goal after the break capped a miserable afternoon for the visitors.
We had a few attempts and got into dangerous positions, but you can’t concede goals like that.
And Ramsey, who made his first appearance since Boxing Day as a second-half substitute during the defeat, felt that the north London side were made to pay for “sloppy” defending.
“We are really disappointed,” Ramsey told Arsenal’s website. “It was a massive game – there was a lot riding on it but we conceded some sloppy goals.
We were quite vulnerable on the counter-attack and they exploited the opportunities.
“I thought we started quite positively, we had a few attempts and got into dangerous positions, but you can’t concede goals like that.
“We have to pick ourselves back up now. We have still got a lot of points to play for. We are in the semi-final of the FA Cup so we have got to put things right.
“We have to put a strong run-in together now. We have five games left and we will aim to win them all to give us the best opportunity to finish fourth or higher.
“I think Everton still have a few difficult games but then again every game is difficult in this league. So many teams can upset each other so we will have to be aware of that, concentrate on ourselves and just play for the remaining 15 points.”