Arsenal goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale believes winning the Premier League this season will set Arsenal on the path to dominate European football in the years to come.
Arsenal are on course to win their first title since 2004, topping the Premier League table with 8 points with 9 matches remaining before the end of the season.
Speaking to Arsenal.com, the 24-year old looks at the high standards set by Manchester City and Liverpool in the last five years and thinks Arsenal can replicate if they successfully win the league this season.
“I think as individuals you do that. The manager is so focused on us as a team looking at ourselves, but obviously we all see stats of how great teams have done it – in terms of clean sheets or goals scored, and how far they have got in competitions and then managed to maintain it.”
Since 2018, Man City have won four of the last five titles with Liverpool winning in 2020 to break their dominance.
“As individuals you know who the best teams are, and for the past four or five years that’s been Man City and Liverpool. Man City are still doing it this season so you know what the benchmark is. And I think that’s what we’re excited for as well, because we don’t want this just to be one season where we’re fighting at the top.
“We want this to be our first stepping stone, next season go again with Champions League football too, and try to balance Premier League and European football. Go again and again and keep improving.”
With a young squad and manager, Arsenal were not considered favourites to finish in Champions League places.
According to Ramsdale, Mikel Arteta has brought hunger and competition to the team which has helped the players train well and focus on their job.
“I’ve never really been a massive fan of training, because there’s nothing on it. Of course you have to train well and you don’t want to be throwing the ball in every five minutes in training. But if you do throw one in or make a mistake, it just resets and you go again. But that’s something which the manager does really well, there is a competitive side to training which allows me to enjoy it more.
“Sometimes there’ll be things on it, such as the losing team pays for dinner or stuff like that. So that’s a good side of it, which has allowed me to enjoy it more.”
“So I love the bigger games, and as I’ve said before, I love the fans being there because they help me concentrate more, and being able to feel the pressure.
“I try to rise to it, and enjoy it, but obviously that doesn’t mean that all the big games go my way.”