Aaron Ramsdale urges ‘deflated’ Arsenal to swallow tough Man City loss before Liverpool showdown

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Aaron Ramsdale urges ‘deflated’ Arsenal to swallow tough Man City loss before Liverpool showdown
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Aaron Ramsdale has urged his Arsenal team-mates to “swallow” their defeat to Manchester City and move on quickly ahead of Thursday’s Carabao Cup semi-final with Liverpool.

Arsenal had looked on course to beat City on Saturday after taking the lead in the first half through Bukayo Saka.

The Premier League leaders, however, hit back with a Riyad Mahrez penalty and then Rodri struck in injury time.

It was a bitter blow for Arsenal but Ramsdale doesn’t want the team to dwell on the defeat, especially as they’re hosting Liverpool on Thursday in the first leg of their Carabao Cup semi-final.

“Yeah, it’s a tough one to swallow, we played so well, defended so well with 10 men, unlucky ricochet really and it falls to them and gets poked in,” he said.

“We’re deflated, but we’ve got to swallow it and move on because that’s football and we’ve got an important semi-final first leg coming up on Thursday.

“I don’t think many teams have done that against Man City for a while, what we did in the first half. We dominated I thought and then like you say, five minutes, penalty, red card [for Gabriel], it changed the game.

“But even then down to 10 men I thought we defended really well and a little unlucky ricochet turns the game on its head.

“Not too many teams have dominated Man City like that in the first half. We played really well in the second half and we need to try and get over the line in one of these big games.

“But at the start of the season when it’s 4-0, 5-0, Liverpool, City, today’s a massive step in the right [direction].

“Like I said, we need to win one of these games, but ultimately we know we’re not challenging with these guys at the moment. But on today’s basis, if we can put that in week in, week out, we can be.”

Referee Stuart Attwell and VAR were major talking points after the game, with Arsenal aggrieved that certain decisions went against them.

Aaron Ramsdale was encouraged by Arsenal’s performance against Manchester City (Getty Images)
Aaron Ramsdale was encouraged by Arsenal’s performance against Manchester City (Getty Images)

Martin Odegaard went down under a challenge from City goalkeeper Ederson in the first half, but no penalty was awarded. Granit Xhaka then tangled with Bernardo Silva after the break and, after VAR instructed Attwell to review the incident on the pitch-side monitor, a penalty was given.

“I felt it was soft. The linesman said he didn’t think it was a penalty, but then they get told to go and check it by VAR,” said Ramsdale.

“I’m more annoyed about the fact that they didn’t tell them to check ours in the first half on VAR. The referee might have said ‘no penalty’ anyway, but in game time, both times it was ‘no penalty’ for them and us, but he gets to go and check theirs and not ours.

“That’s where my frustration is, the inconsistency between one decision and the other. The referee said no penalty, like you say goes to the screen, it’s slowed down and you can see things.

“If that was given for us we wouldn’t be having this chat, but the fact that he’s been told to go and see the screen for one and not ours, that’s my frustration, because if he thinks it’s a penalty on the screen then it’s a penalty, but we didn’t actually get the chance to see ours.”

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