Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has heaped praise on the showing of Aaron Ramsey after the Gunners secured a 0-0 draw against Chelsea in Sunday's London derby.
The north London outfit had lost their last five outings at Stamford Bridge in convincing fashion, and many pundits and former players predicted that the Gunners would succumb to another defeat at the hands of Chelsea.
However, the Gunners produced a resolute display in the goalless draw against the Blues, and they will probably consider themselves unlucky to have not grabbed a winner. Speaking after the game, Wenger was very pleased with the performance of Ramsey, who was adjudged the man of the match after his commanding performance in midfield.
He said: "He was [magnificent]. I think Aaron has character, he doesn’t hide in big games and he has shown that today again. He was unlucky not to score. And Wenger was also keen to get across the importance of the solid work ethic shown by his stars in the London derby. We needed a good response from them today and I must say individually they all did very well. We had good character all over the pitch and a very good team attitude."
The Wales international has had the knack of getting goals in key games, and he nearly slotted the ball into the Blues' net, only to find the goalpost. The Gunners have been heavily criticised for the failure to keep clean sheets against the big teams, and the result would be a morale booster for the entire squad, who were slammed following the 4-0 thumping at the hands of Liverpool last month.
Arsenal will now shift their focus to League Cup duty with Doncaster Rovers due to make the visit to the Emirates on Wednesday evening. Wenger rotated his squad heavily during the Europa League triumph, and it could be something quite similar against the League One club.