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Wenger surprised by Gunner’s goal surge

Ramsey scored the match-winner in Arsenal's CL victory

By | 19th September 2013

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger spoke out following the club’s 2-1 Champions League victory over French side Marseille on Wednesday to praise the play of midfielder Aaron Ramsey and reveal his surprise at the number of goals the Welsh Gunner has netted so far this season. Ramsey has scored six times this season, adding one against Marseille after netting twice in a five minute span over the weekend in Arsenal’s 3-1 victory against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.

Ramsey also played well defensively, making a number of key tackles in Arsenal’s defensive third to help the club secure the hard-fought victory over the French club.

“Honestly, I didn’t expect him to score so many goals,” the Arsenal manager said, according to The Guardian.

“He’s especially improved in his passing, his technical quality. He was always in good positions in the box. But scoring is a bit cyclic. You have periods when it goes in and others when it doesn’t. For me the most important thing is the quality of his game. Aaron is playing welland that is most important, that he continues to improve.”

Wenger continued to comment on the way the club won the match, believing his side to have a played a poor first half before turning it on the second half when they scored twice. The French manager believed the tide turned when Marseille began to drop back a little in the second half after attacking heavily in the first, giving the Gunners the opportunity to play their own preferred attacking style.

“I felt we didn’t change sides enough in the first half and didn’t find Jack or Özil enough,” Wenger said, according to The Guardian.

“Marseille defended very well and stopped us from playing through the lines. We didn’t go in behind enough and overall there was not enough purpose in our game. I insisted more on that at half-time.

“I felt we were a bit within ourselves in the first-half, a bit timid, and Marseille were more mobile and first on the ball. They dropped in the second half and we took advantage of our strong moments. That got us three very important points. I thought it would be a tricky game here tonight. I was conscious Marseille would be well focused. They know they are not favourites and had nothing to lose. And the French are dangerous when they are in that position.”

Arsenal now sit atop Group F with Napoli, as both sides won 2-1 this week.

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