Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has defended his poor form this season and revealed that he is yet to reach full fitness following a couple of injuries.
The Welsh international was criticised for his recent performances with the Gunners, but he is confident of getting back to his best as soon as his fitness levels reach 100%.
The midfielder came under severe criticism following Arsenal's 3-3 draw against Anderlecht in the Champions League, a game in which the north London side were leading 3-0 with 25 minutes to play.
Liverpool legend Dietmar Hamann accused Ramsey of playing for himself rather than the team, and even Arsene Wenger felt that the midfielder should focus on performing his role rather than chasing goals all the time.
Ramsey has branded the criticism as unfair and believes in his ability to return to top form sooner rather than later.
"It's going to take a few more games for me to get back to my best, but I'm not worried. I think certain criticism from people is a bit unfair," Ramsey said, as quoted by Goal.
"It was tough out there again but I'm not worried. I know my qualities and I've had a few injuries this season and I'm still getting back. I'll be honest and say I'm still not 100% physically there."
The 23-year-old midfielder understands that Arsenal have a tough week ahead of them with matches against Manchester United in the Premier League and Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League.
Ramsey, who is looking forward to taking part in both of the matches, wants his teammates to use these games to kick-start the Gunners' stuttering season and build some momentum ahead of the busy Christmas period.
"We now have a tough week. We have Manchester United and then Dortmund," the Welshman added.
"They are both tough games but they are the ones you want to be involved in as a footballer. Hopefully we can come out on top in them."
"We started off slowly. We've had a few draws. We have a lot of catching up still to do. Hopefully we can turn our season around and get a bit of momentum going," Ramsey concluded.