Date: 10th January 2017 at 10:24am
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Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey has said that Arsenal needed to change their attitude in the second half of the game against Preston North End at the weekend.

The midfielder has waited a while for his opening goal of the 2016/17 campaign, but it was certainly well timed as he pulled us back to level terms at Deepdale following us falling one down early on in the first half.

With the perfect boost for our second half efforts skipper on the day Olivier Giroud popped up late on to take the win and secure our fourth round place in the FA Cup, and speaking to the Official Site in his own post game press conference Ramsey said we just needed to tweak our attitude between the halves as first half we weren’t sharp enough when it came to what we did with the ball.

Asked about what the players said and manager Arsene Wenger at the half time break, he explained.

‘I`ve played in the Championship and I know how difficult every game is. They proved that in the first half and it took us by surprise. The level of commitment and effort, we didn`t match that. Second half we needed to have a different attitude out there and I think we showed that. Obviously it was nice to score, to get on the scoresheet finally. That gave us a bit of momentum to go forward and win the game from then on.’

As for his own goal, he was clearly hoping it would start a run of goals for him again in the coming matches.

‘Finally one`s gone in now so hopefully a few more will follow. But I`m just happy that we won the game. Yeah I`m happy that one`s finally gone in, so that gave us a bit of momentum then to go on and get a result. We keep playing, we keep going until the end and we`ve scored a load of late goals in the Premier League, the Champions League and now the FA Cup. I think also that we had that belief to keep going until the end.’

Linked to his goal, but also Giroud’s last minute winner, Ramsey was asked if the feeling was ‘relief’ and he admitted that did figure after the first half showing.

‘Yeah, it was a really tough opening half. I`ve played in the Championship and I know how difficult all the teams are to play against and we just couldn`t match their level of commitment. They just seemed to be first to everything. So it was important for us to come out and show what we are capable of doing in the second half. I think we had a positive performance.’

He did dismissed suggestions that there were harsh words at the break though – more constructive anger at the scoreline.

‘No. We all realised that wasn`t good enough for us, for this club. So it was important for us to go out there and give it a good go in the second half and we did that.’

Ending his interview, he did say that despite the need to start games more brightly, confidence could be taken from the way we battle to the end of the matches as it’s a good base to go from.

But a better one would be taking the lead outright.

‘We definitely need to start the games better to give ourselves a bit of an easier job to do. We`ve shown good character to come back from losing positions but it`d be nice now if we could turn that around and start off by leading the game.’

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