By Chris Harris

Manuel Almunia has pledged to keep the pressure up in the title race after falling short in Europe for another year.

Arsenal's Champions League hopes flickered briefly in the Nou Camp on Tuesday night when Nicklas Bendtner fired them ahead but Lionel Messi's awesome foursome saw Barcelona through 6-3 on aggregate.

All is not lost though. Arsenal are three points behind leaders Chelsea with five games of the Premier League season remaining. And Almunia is determined to fight to the finish - starting with next week's North London derby at Tottenham.

"We are disappointed but we have to react for the League," said the goalkeeper.

"That's what we are fighting for. When we play the last few games we want at least to fight for something, then it will be a very interesting finish to the season.

"We will continue putting pressure on Manchester United and Chelsea."

Subscribers can now watch the full interview with Manuel. He discusses:

  • Barcelona's reaction to falling behind
  • trying to score a second goal
  • a tough task in the Nou Camp
  • the balance of power over the two legs
  • fighting for the Premier League title
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7 Apr 2010