By Richard Clarke

Manuel Almunia is well aware that his Arsenal side have to do better this season.

The Spanish keeper remains confident about the campaign to come because his team have had some “brilliant moments” so far. However he is "so upset" with the eight-point gap between Arsenal and leaders Liverpool. The 31-year-old, who was captain in Portugal on Wednesday, appears to be fully abreast of the standards expected at Emirates Stadium.

“We have a big, big responsibility,” he said. “This is Arsenal.

“The Club has thousands of fans and we have to realise that to wear an Arsenal shirt is a big value and you have to be worthy of [it]. We have to remember that we are lucky people.

"We are so upset [at the moment]. We are not happy with this season. We've had some brilliant moments, against Chelsea and Manchester United, but it's not enough.

"We are far from the top of the League. Last season we lost three games and we've already had too many defeats.

"But I have confidence in us and the way we play [also I feel] we are mature enough to take the responsibility.”

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12 Dec 2008