LONDON. — Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey hopes the North London side can choke Leicester City’s unexpected English Premier League soccer title charge after picking up their first win in five matches in Sunday’s 2-0 win over Bournemouth.
Arsene Wenger’s men, who are third in the table after 25 games, host the table-topping Foxes on Sunday seeking to reduce the gap between the two sides to two points.
Arsenal were tipped to win their fourth league title under Wenger when they started 2016 on top of the league, however, they went off the boil in January, winning just one of their four league games that month.
“It was important to bounce back from the results we have had of late. So it was important to stay in touching distance of Leicester,” Ramsey told British media.
“What they have done this season is quite remarkable but we have got to be right on it to get all three points. It was important to win at Bournemouth.
“Hopefully now we can take away this momentum and come away with a victory against Leicester as well. We are in a good position now and hopefully we can maintain this.”
The importance of the clash was not lost on young right back Hector Bellerin, who has urged his team mates not to be overwhelmed by the occasion and just focus on picking up three points.
“It doesn’t matter who you play, you need to get the three points. Obviously, this will be one of the more important ones but we need to play it like any other game,” the 20-year-old said.
And Bellerin can become one of the world’s leading stars, according to Arsenal team-mate Joel Campbell.
Bellerin established himself as a Gunners regular last season when Mathieu Debuchy spent time on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.
He’s nailed down the right-back role this season making 29 appearances, which forced Debuchy to leave on loan for Bordeaux.
Winger Campbell has struck up a decent partnership with Bellerin on the right flank after also forcing his way into Wenger’s plans.
And the Costa Rica international reckons the sky’s the limit for his pal.
“We speak the same language, so it is much easier to communicate with each other,” Campbell said.
“We enjoy a very good relationship on and off the pitch. That helps us a lot when we are playing, by speaking with each other, helping each other and giving indications to give our best to the team.
“He is enjoying a very high level, but I think he can give even more. He has the potential to be one of the best in the world.
“He is showing that now, but he is still very young and he has a long way ahead. So I think the best of Hector is yet to come, we haven’t seen it yet.”
Bellerin joined Arsenal from Barcelona in 2011 and is contracted until 2019.
Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta and Tomas Rosicky are debating retirement at the end of the season, according to Football Insider.
The pair have barely featured in recent years after being hampered by injuries.
Both Arteta and Rosicky are out of contract in the summer and the Gunners will not be offering them new deals. — Reuters.