Football

RAMSEY: WENGER CAN WIN TITLE

Arsene Wenger can cement his place among English football's greatest managers by leading Arsenal to Premier League glory this term, according to Aaron Ramsey.

Wales playmaker Ramsey's first-half finish helped drive Arsenal to 3-0 Community Shield victory over Manchester City at Wembley on Sunday.

And the 23-year-old says long-serving Arsenal boss Wenger believes the Gunners can claim their first league title since 2004.

"I definitely think we can win the league - we were top of the table for the most amount of time last season," said Ramsey.

"The only thing we need to improve is our away record against the bigger teams. If we had managed to nick the odd point or win in those games, it would have been a lot closer last season, and maybe even we would have won.

"So that's something we can really focus on to work hard to improve."

Wenger signed a new three-year deal at the end of last season, leaving 30-cap Wales star Ramsey delighted the Frenchman will add to his 18 years in North London.

"It's great news and extremely pleasing for us as players that he (Wenger) signed that new contract," said Ramsey.

"Winning the league again would put him up there with the best managers ever in this league, no doubt.

"He's been very successful, he's built some great teams, and hopefully we can go on from last season and be successful again."

Ramsey also offers some valuable insight into the Wenger way of thinking.

"He's as excited as anybody about the new season, with the new players we've got coming in," said Ramsey.

"He realises what this team can do and believes that we can achieve.

"It's a big attraction to be at the club and be a part of things, in the way that he thinks the game should be played.

"He's a great man-manager, he knows how to handle players and what's best for them.

"The way that he believes the game should be played, his philosophy on the game is extremely exciting and gives players licence.

"He's very approachable and will always let players know how you can improve, or what you're doing well and things like that."
- PA Sport.