By Rob Kelly
Mikel Arteta has called on the Arsenal squad to demonstrate “big character” when they face Schalke in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
Arsène Wenger’s side head into the match on the back of a disappointing 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
And after losing to Schalke at Emirates Stadium last time out, Arteta admits the game at the Veltins-Arena will be a crucial test for the team.
“We’ve got another massive game again,” the vice-captain 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.”
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