Aaron Ramsey was “happy” to score in Arsenal’s 2-1 victory over Preston in the FA Cup but insists the first-half performance “wasn’t good enough”.
Preston took the lead early on against the Gunners before Ramsey hit back with a goal shortly after the break and Olivier Giroud scrambled the ball home to win it at the death.
The Lilywhites had numerous chances in the first half to make the scoreline look comfortable heading into the break but instead were made to rue their misses.
And Ramsey admits Arsene Wenger’s men weren’t up to speed in the first period.
“It was a tough opening half,” said Ramsey. “I have played in the Championship, I know how difficult the teams are to play against. It was important for us to come out and show what we are about in the second half. We all realise it wasn’t good enough for this club.”
On his goal, Ramsey said: “I am happy that one has finally gone in. It gave us momentum to get the result. We keep going to the end and have scored a lot of late goals, We have that belief.
“We need to start games better and give ourselves an easier job. We have shown character to come back but it would be nice to turn that around and start games better.”