Schalke v Arsenal: We need to show we want it, says Mikel Arteta
Schalke v Arsenal: Mikel Arteta tells Gunners they need to "show how much we want it" when they travel to Germany on Tuesday
Mikel Arteta has warned his Arsenal team-mates that the Gunners have no time to dwell on Saturday’s defeat by Manchester United and must instead focus on returning to winning ways against Schalke.
The Red Devils condemned the Gunners to their second league defeat of the season with a 2-1 win at Old Trafford to dent Arsenal’s hopes of mounting a title challenge.
The north Londoners travel to Germany on Tuesday looking to avenge their 2-0 defeat by the Bundesliga side at Emirates Stadium last month – and Arteta is hoping for a response in the Champions League clash.
“We’ve got another massive game again,” Arteta told Arsenal Player. “We lost against [Schalke] at home, which was a big disappointment and it’s going to be a really tough game in Germany.
“We have to bounce back. I think we have to show how much we want to win it and go there and show big attitude.
“I have no doubt about the attitude that we have in the dressing room, and the desire. I think the attitude was good [against Manchester United]. We all kept trying, even with 10 men.
“We had a couple of chances to score and we have to give some credit to the lads. But again, conceding those goals against a big team just kills the games.”
Schalke v Arsenal: Pre-match facts
• The teams met in the 2001-02 group stage when the coaches were, as now, Arsene Wenger and Huub Stevens. Arsenal won 3-2 at home but lost 3-1 in Gelsenkirchen.
• Schalke have lost their last two home contests with English sides and not scored in three. They went down 2-0 to both Manchester United in the 2010-11 semi-final first leg and Manchester City in the 2008-09 Uefa Cup group stage. Their home record against English teams reads W3 D1 L2.
• Their win at Montpellier was only Arsenal’s third in 13 away matches in the competition proper, a run that includes eight defeats.
• Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Thomas Vermaelen were team-mates at Ajax from January 2006 to January 2009.