Emirates Stadium

Next Game

Arsenal v Chelsea

Sunday, 26 April 2015, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Wembley

Last Game

Reading 1 - 2 Arsenal

Saturday, 18 April 2015, 17:20

The FA Cup Semi-Final

Ramsey desperate for victory

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey believes it is vital to beat Montpellier on Wednesday and would love to qualify for the last 16 with a game to spare.

Last Updated: 19/11/12 at 10:28 Post Comment

Aaron Ramsey: Hopes Arsenal can qualify for the last 16 with a game to spare

Aaron Ramsey: Hopes Arsenal can qualify for the last 16 with a game to spare

The Gunners are currently second in UEFA Champions League Group B, one point ahead of Olympiakos but one behind leaders Schalke.

Montpellier are a long way adrift at the bottom and Ramsey is desperate to claim victory at Emirates Stadium in midweek, while he would also love to see Schalke defeat the Greek side in the group's other game.

Ramsey said: "The group is pretty tight at the moment, so yes I think you could say that we have to win this game, and we are at home so hopefully we can do that and put ourselves in a strong position to qualify.

"That is our aim and hopefully we can get the win which puts us in a better position.

"The ideal situation is that we will be qualified before going into the last game. Other matches are completely out of our hands, so we have got to look after our own results, but if Schalke do win, then that would be the preferred choice for us."

A Schalke victory would most likely leave Arsenal looking at second spot in the group, but Ramsey insists they should not fear anyone in the last 16.

"It (second place) has been quite costly in the last few years," the Wales international told Arsenal Media. "We finished second in the group a couple of seasons ago and played Barcelona, so you know you're going to have a strong team if you do finish second.

"But most importantly we need to qualify and if we do, we are confident that we can compete and challenge against any team in the competition."

No pushover

Montpellier may have picked up just one point from four matches but Ramsey is expecting the Ligue 1 side to provide a stern challenge.

"When we played them in France we were under pressure for periods of the game and we did well to get a result there," he said.

"They have competed against every team and showed they can create and can be a threat, so it will be no pushover.

"Montpellier will want to prove something as well, that they can compete against the best teams, so we will have to be aware of that and be right on top of our game on the day."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

Y

ou can win five in a row or lose five in a row... Or in Carver's case you can win one in a row or lose five in a row.

black_waltz
Carver: I'm up to the job

C

AMPAIGN, CAMPAIGN it's a clearly a CAMPAIGN

mario for pm
Chelsea's poor 'respect' rating

S

epp Blatter really is very, very good at this isn't he? Terrible human being, but really good at it.

megabrow (cufc)
Blatter 'like Jesus and Mandela'

Footer 365

Everton 1-0 Swansea: Roberto Martinez insists Romelu Lukaku is the club's designated penalty taker

Everton boss Roberto Martinez insisted Romelu Lukaku is the only penalty taker after his side's 1-0 win over Burnley.

Reading 1-2 Arsenal: Adam Federici's extra-time gaffe sends Arsenal to FA Cup final

Adam Federici's extra-time error gifted Arsenal a 2-1 victory over Reading and a place in the FA Cup final.

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: Eden Hazard winner sends Blues 10 points clear

Eden Hazard scored the only goal as Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 to move 10 points clear at the top of the table.

Mail Box

Wenger's Titles Down To United Woes...

Well, it's certainly one theory. Man United fans are out in force - decrying Wenger and defending FFP. We have mails on Coquelin, Coutinho and Mediawatch...

Mailbox: The Pros And Cons Of FFP

The mailbox has gone a little bit serious as they debate the pros and cons of FFP. Does it create a closed shop or opportunity? Plus, POTY nominations and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company