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The 23-year-old pointed to the losses at Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool as decisive factors in the Gunners' Premier League title bid falling away after a promising start

Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey has highlighted his side's defensive frailties away from home as the main reason they failed to win the Premier League last season.

Arsene Wenger's men got off to a fine start as they went in search of their first top-flight title since 2004, and were league leaders for more than 100 days.

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They fell away in the second half of the season, however, suffering heavy defeats at Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea, and Ramsey acknowledged that these results had been disastrous.

"We got off to a really good start, that's something we had been lacking over the last few years," he told the club's official website.

"We came out of the blocks firing and were top of the league for long periods of the season.

"Everyone was really excited and looking forward to it, thinking that we've got a great opportunity. Unfortunately it wasn't to be.

"I think the results away from home against the so-called bigger teams have been damaging and that's what's cost us in the end.

"In all of those games we conceded early on and going to these places is difficult, never mind going a goal down. I think it's important just to stay in the game and frustrate them.

"With the quality we have, we always know we can create opportunities. The main thing is just to stay in the game in the first half and it will open up a lot more in the second half - and hopefully we can take full advantage."

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