By Joe Brewin

Thomas Vermaelen has called for Arsenal to give the right response to their heavy defeat against AC Milan.

The Gunners’ Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread after a 4-0 loss at the San Siro, watched by almost 5,000 travelling supporters as well as a worldwide audience.

Vermaelen believes pride must be shown in the second leg to avoid a repeat of a “bad evening” against the Rossoneri.

“We have another game and the only thing we can do is show our pride and give 100 per cent,” Vermaelen told Arsenal Player. “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.”

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16 Feb 2012