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We were to blame for loss - Ramsey

ESPN staff
October 23, 2013
Wenger blames naivety for defeat

Aaron Ramsey believes Arsenal had themselves to blame for Tuesday night's Champions League defeat against Borussia Dortmund, as he accepted his share of the blame for the Emirates Stadium setback.

In-form Ramsey was lamenting his own mistake that handed Dortmund the chance to score their opening goal, while he suggested a lack of concentration was to blame for Robert Lewandowski's late winner.

"A draw would have been a fair result after the way we played in the second half," he told the Arsenal website. "I felt like we were in control of the game but then we switched off for 30 seconds, we were in their box and 30 seconds later the ball is in the back of our net.

"I was disappointed as well with the way they scored their first goal, I got caught on the ball and that was disappointing. We were a bit slow to start but I thought after about 25 minutes we got into the game, we got our goal and then we took that into the second half.

"We were in control of the game, we didn't look like we were going to concede, but then we did. That's what happens [when you switch off].

"We showed good character getting back into game and we created a few chances in the second half and hit the bar. On another night we may have taken the lead but we have to learn from the way we defended for the second goal.

"Now it is important to get back to winning ways. We are top of the Premier League and it is important to get our minds clear and be ready for the game on Saturday against [Crystal] Palace."

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