Spurs spending motivated us, says Ramsey

Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey revealed that his team were motivated by Tottenham's summer spending in their recent 1-0 derby victory.

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A first-half goal from in-form striker Olivier Giroud was enough to decide a highly anticipated North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham on Sunday.

Speaking to the club's official website after the game, Ramsey praised the Arsenal players for their efforts in seizing bragging rights over their neighbours.

"It was a great game. I felt everyone worked ever so hard, starting from the strikers. They pressed high up," he explained.

"The whole team had to dig in [at] the end and the last 20 minutes was difficult. We've played a lot of minutes in the last 15 days so it was tough but we came through it in the end and it showed what it meant to the players and to the fans at the end."

Spurs have shelled out in excess of 100 million pounds strengthening Andre Villas-Boas' squad this summer, but new stars like Paulinho and Roberto Soldado could not find a way to put the team on the score-sheet.

With Arsenal eclipsed by their neighbour's spending, Ramsey admitted that the Gunners squad had a point to prove to everyone watching the game.

"They have spent a lot of money this year and I think they were expecting to win. That gave us an extra bit of determination to go out and win the game. Which we did," he pointed out.

"You could see by the reaction of the players at the end. It meant a lot to us. We wanted to get back to winning ways at home in the league after the disappointment against Villa and we managed to do that again today [Sunday]. We're delighted with the win."

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