Aaron Ramsdale believes Arsenal losing out on a top four spot last season has brought a different mentality to the Emirates.
A 3-1 victory over north London rivals Tottenham on Saturday meant the Gunners remained top of the Premier League.
Goals from Thomas Partey, Gabriel Jesus and Granit Xhaka proved too much for Antonio Conte and his team, who had brief hope when Harry Kane levelled from the penalty spot.
Both the performance and result were in stark contrast to the reverse fixture in May, when Spurs ran out 3-0 winners and pipped Mikel Arteta’s side to the final Champions League place.
Ramsdale says emotions got the better of them when facing Spurs five months ago, but reveals this has changed this season.
“The experiences at the end last season are adding to our team spirit and mentality,” he said.
“It’s not just the lads who have come in who have brought this winning mentality. We all have this fire burning inside because of what happened at the end of last season.
“We spoke about it before the game, to play the game and not the occasion and that’s what we did.
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“The day I returned to pre-season, two weeks late through internationals, I came back and the standard of training had increased.
“From the start of the season we played really well in games and we’re winning, that helps.
“It is a never-say-die attitude, the way I would word it is an “Eff it mentality”, “who cares we have conceded? We have got 10 minutes, 70 minutes, we will play our way. We never run out of time.
“That is the big thing for us and the manager, we don’t stop working.”
Arsenal have lost just once in their eight games so far and they sit one point above reigning champions City.
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