Aaron Ramsey backs Arsenal to win without Cesc Fabregas

17 August 2011 08:42
Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey believes the Gunners can achieve success this season without Cesc Fabregas.

The day after Fabregas finally returned to Barcelona, the Welshman put in an assured performance in the Arsenal midfield, setting up the only goal of the game for Theo Walcott as they beat Udinese 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League play-off.

Asked how the week has been for the players, Ramsey told Sky Sports: 'It's time to move on. He was a great player for the club but now he's gone.

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'We just have to concentrate on what we've got here. We believe the squad we've got is very talented and we can achieve something this season.

'Hopefully we can carry on from where we've left off here, and keep getting positive results.'

Winner: Theo Walcott scored against Udinese following a cross from Ramsey

Walcott missed chances to pad Arsenal's lead - including one, set up by Ramsey, which brought a brilliant save from Udinese keeper Samir Handanovic.

Walcott admitted he could have scored more, but added: 'I'm still coming back from my ankle injury. The goalkeeper's made an absolutely fantastic save. It's early days, it's my first 90 minutes, and I'm very happy with the result. That's the important thing.

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'I was to get more goals. It's a great ball Aaron's played for me. Hopefully the boss will play me up front.'

It was a battle for Arsenal in midfield, but Ramsey feels they can get a positive result in the return leg in Udine.

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'We tended to drop off a bit and there were gaps appearing but we dug in and gave absolutely everything,' he said.

'We believe we're capable of going over there to win. The most important thing is a clean sheet. Our defence was solid, like at the weekend. I believe we can get the result.'

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