Newcastle fans made it hard for us, says Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey

NERVES ... Mike Williamson and Aaron Ramsey, right.
NERVES ... Mike Williamson and Aaron Ramsey, right.

AARON Ramsey has admitted that Arsenal were fortunate to leave St James’s Park with all three points.

Arsene Wenger’s side looked to be cruising towards a convincing victory over Newcastle United at the break on Saturday thanks to two first-half strikes from Olivier Giroud.

But Moussa Sissoko pulled a goal back in the 48th minute, and Arsenal spent the second half on the back foot.

Ramsey has admitted that it was a “nervy time” for his third-placed team, who held on to win 2-1 and maintain the pressure on second-placed Manchester City in the Premier League.

“When they scored so early in the second half, we knew it would become a very difficult game for us,” said Ramsey.

“We were under the cosh, and yes, it was a nervy time for us. We couldn’t quite get the ball down again.

“Their fans started getting behind them, and you could feel the tension within us building up. In the end, we did well to hold on and keep them out.”