Vermaelen - We owe the fans
Defender says team need to perform in front of the home crowd
Last Updated: February 16, 2012 4:17pm
Thomas Vermalen: Says Arsenal owe the fans a performance in the second leg against AC Milan
Thomas Vermaelen has called on Arsenal to give something back to the fans when AC Milan visit the Emirates for the second leg of their UEFA Champions League tie.
Nearly 5,000 Gunners supporters travelled to the San Siro for Wednesday's game where they saw their side slip to a 4-0 defeat in a lacklustre display.
And with their hopes of progression hanging by a thread, the defender knows the team must go out and play with pride.
Vermaelen told the club's official website: "We have another game and the only thing we can do is show our pride and give 100 per cent. That is what we have to do.
"We have to give something back to the fans who came all the way here, we disappointed them. The only thing we can do is try to get a good result in the home game.
"The fans supported us all the way to Milan and we disappointed them, which is not good. We will try to give them something back when we next play at home.
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"It was not a good evening for us, they scored four times and we did not play well. It's simple - we conceded too many chances and too many goals and it was just a bad evening.
"They played well, they were aggressive - more than us I think and you can see that from the result. It's difficult to give an explanation so soon after the game because I am disappointed. The result was really bad.
"What happened, we have to forget now. We have to learn from it and just keep going to the next game."