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Ramsey given lift by Arsenal heroics

Aaron Ramsey scored Arsenal FC's late winner at Olympique de Marseille for what he called "a massive result" as the keeper he beat, Steve Mandanda, and Nicolas N'Koulou were left heartbroken.

Ramsey given lift by Arsenal heroics
Ramsey given lift by Arsenal heroics ©UEFA.com

Olympique de Marseille defender Nicolas N'Koulou was left ruing "a moment of inattention" after the French club conceded an added-time goal against Arsenal FC to surrender top spot in UEFA Champions League Group F. The mood in the away dressing room was far more buoyant as the Gunners celebrated what late goalscorer Aaron Ramsey described as "a massive result" for Arsène Wenger's team.

Aaron Ramsey, Arsenal midfielder
It's a massive result for us, coming away from home and getting three points. We've had two wins on the bounce now. Hopefully we can get a few more and that will give the players and everyone around us a lift and more confidence. Then I think we'll be alright and we'll be a real threat to anybody.

The start of the season hasn't been good enough for Arsenal. But we want to turn that round. The players want to show that they can go a long time unbeaten, and hopefully we'll do that.

Laurent Koscielny, Arsenal defender
We defended well. Marseille didn't have many chances and our goalkeeper didn't have any difficult saves to make. We worked hard as a team, and as the game went on we managed to find more space between their defence and midfield. We created some chances, kept on going, and got the goal right at the end. We kept on believing in ourselves.

The clean sheet will give the defenders more confidence. My understanding with Per Mertesacker is getting better and better. He's an experienced international and when he's fully adapted to the Premier League he'll be a big player for us. But the important thing is the whole team defends well together.

Steve Mandanda, Marseille goalkeeper
We put in a lot of effort for 90 minutes, playing the way we needed to play, then in the last ten seconds we lost the game because of a positional error. It's another disappointing result.

We were strong, created some good situations, and the draw we should have got would have been a decent result. But the game isn't over until the referee blows his whistle and we saw that again tonight.

Nicolas N'Koulou, Marseille defender
We would have been in a strong position if we'd got a point. But we were guilty of a moment of inattention. We didn't stay focused until the very last moment. We did a lot of good work in defence throughout the game but when you concede like that at the end it ruins everything.

It's not easy to accept this result. We've been struggling for quite a while, so to lose this way is hard to take. But we have to stay positive. The race for qualification is still open and I think we're capable of getting something at Arsenal.

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