Mathieu Flamini has urged Arsenal's fans to reprise their midweek performance on Saturday, because it can make a difference on the pitch.

Fan groups organised a spectacular card display to greet the players ahead of the Champions League game against Bayern Munich and, roared on by their supporters, Arsenal battled hard against the European champions despite going down to 10 men.

Sunderland are the next visitors to north London and Flamini wants more of the same from the fans.

We'll need them also to be behind us and we'll give everything to win this game because it will be an important one

Mathieu Flamini

"Everybody know it's going to be an important game on Saturday," he told Arsenal Player. "But the positive aspect is we play at home after the game on Wednesday.

"What I have to say is that the fans were incredible, amazing. To be a player and have the opportunity to play in front of your fans when you see them behind you like that at 200 per cent… even when we were 1-0 or 2-0 down everyone was supporting us.

"That for us is very important because it makes you feel like a unit. You feel like things are easier on the pitch and you can find the energy until the last minute, so for us it's a plus to be able to play in front of our fans on Saturday.

"We'll need them also to be behind us and we'll give everything to win this game because it will be an important one. After the Champions League game it's never easy to focus on the championship. That's why we need to give an extra focus, work maybe even harder and try to score as quickly as possible."

Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source Chris Harris 21 Feb 2014