Ramsey - Desire shining through

Image: Aaron Ramsey: Believes Arsenal's desire to claim third place is clear

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey feels his side's recent form proves how hungry they are to pip Spurs to third place in the Premier League.

Midfielder believes Gunners' motivation is clear to see

Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey feels his side's recent form proves how hungry they are to pip Tottenham to third place in the Premier League. Not long ago, Spurs appeared dead set to secure third spot at the very least while the Gunners, lagging behind the top four, looked outside bets for a UEFA Champions League berth. The form of both sides has changed markedly of late, though, with Tottenham failing to win any of their last four league matches and Arsenal claiming six victories in a row. Wednesday night's 1-0 triumph at Everton saw the Gunners leapfrog Spurs into third, a point clear of their north London rivals, who drew 1-1 with Stoke. Perhaps even more significantly, Chelsea lost 2-1 at Manchester City, meaning there is now a six-point gap between Arsenal and fifth place with nine games left. Arsene Wenger's men seem well on course for the Champions League and Ramsey thinks the team's form is showing how motivated they are to earn automatic qualification to the group stages by beating Tottenham to a place in the Premier League's top three. "The results went our way," Ramsey told Arsenal Player. "We carried on our good form and I hope we can keep it up until the end of the season. "We have proved what we can do and how motivated we are to finish third. We are doing that at the moment, hopefully we can keep going."

Dominant

Arsenal dominated the early stages of the game at Goodison Park and were in front inside eight minutes when Thomas Vermaelen headed in Robin van Persie's corner. Everton began to settle and had what appeared to be a legitimate goal chalked off in the 31st minute when the flag was raised for offside against Royston Drenthe. The hosts continued to press after the break, but Arsenal held out to claim three points at a ground where Manchester City, Chelsea and Tottenham have all been defeated in 2012. Ramsey added: "It was great. We battled well and it came off. It was always going to be a tough place to come but we dealt with it well. "They have done well against some of the top teams in the league so we are very proud."

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