Arsenal must restore some lost pride in second leg, says Vermaelen
Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen has promised Gunners fans an improved performance in the return leg against AC Milan
Thomas Vermaelen has called on Arsenal to restore some pride in the return leg against AC Milan after the Gunners’ 4-0 defeat at San Siro left them on the brink of elimination from the Champions League.
Kevin Prince-Boateng’s stunning opener, Robinho’s brace and Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s second-half penalty consigned Arsene Wenger’s men to their heaviest European defeat after being thoroughly outplayed in Milan.
Vermaelen admits his side’s performance was nothing but a disappointment – and vowed that he and his team-mates will make it up to Gunners fans in the return leg in three weeks’ time in London with an improved display.
“We have another game and the only thing we can do is show our pride and give 100 per cent,” Vermaelen told Arsenal’s website. “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.
“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.”